January 17, 1988 |
The Palmyra Board of Education has approved a new course to be offered in the spring semester for high school special education students called pro- social skills. The course, which was approved Tuesday night, will emphasize social skills such as conversation, courtesy, work habits, problem solving and handling diverse emotions. The course will be taught by special education teacher Laina Colombo. Four students will be enrolled in the spring semester. Classes will open to other students in the fall.
August 8, 1997 |
Hey, kids. There's a new rule in school: Talk to one another in class. Blabber. Ramble. Whoop it up. Your teacher will say it's okay - may even encourage you to do it. Sixty-five Pennsbury School District teachers and administrators joined more than 100 educators for a weeklong workshop at Village Park Elementary to learn strategies to incorporate social skills into the curriculum. "What we are seeing in schools today, no matter whether they are inner-city schools, suburban schools or rural schools, is that kids lack social skills we used to be able to assume they had," said Chip Wood, a director at the Northeast Foundation, the Massachusetts education policy group running the program.
October 19, 1993 |
Wiggling in their chairs, the youngsters vied for attention. Gently, but with authority, their teacher reminded them to speak when it was their turn and to listen quietly to others. The seven preschoolers at the Phebe Anna Thorne School struggled with that request, each wanting to share his or her thoughts. The children attend the Language Enrichment Preschool Program at the Bryn Mawr school, an intensive individualized program for 3- to 5-year-olds who have language delays, attention problems and difficulty with social skills.
August 11, 2003 |
Ryan Cullen was practicing. Eyes wide and unblinking, the 10-year-old got within a foot of Joseph Cohen, also 10, and nodded vigorously at what he was saying. "Good eye contact, Ryan," Barbara Abrams told him, beaming. "Good listening. " For the five boys, this sitting in a circle with peers and talking about camp experiences and games was far more than a cool summer activity. All have Asperger syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism that is being diagnosed with frequency.
September 21, 2001 |
Early in his life, Jordan Schmidt would keep his baby arms wide open, straight and stiff, when he was held. The brown-eyed boy would sob uncontrollably when things changed suddenly. He had extremely sensitive hearing. He didn't hug anyone, and no one knew why. "It drove Debbie to distraction," Todd Schmidt, Jordan's father, said of his wife. "He just couldn't hug. " Now, two months shy of their son's sixth birthday, the Cherry Hill parents are no longer in the dark - Jordan has Asperger syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism that was diagnosed when he was 3. Like a growing number of children around the region and the country with the same diagnosis, Jordan is a study in contrasts: He has trouble with social interactions and flexible thinking but attends a mainstream kindergarten class, possesses an eighth-grade vocabulary, and has written his first screenplay.
October 16, 1998 |
Nine-year-old Caroline Hager had never heard the story The Weird Girl before yesterday, but she was very familiar with the plot. It's a tale, she said, that she has seen played out numerous times in her own schoolyard. "Weird Girl" is just another name for a newcomer. "Whenever there's a new girl in class, the other girls just don't play with her," Caroline said. "It takes about two weeks before people start to play with someone who's new. " Learning how to extend courtesy to everyone is one of the Six Pillars of Character emphasized during a full day of activities yesterday at Tredyffrin/Easttown School District's Hillside Elementary School.
October 4, 1990 |
Holding the cardboard cutout of a firefighter in his right hand, Christopher Canzanese, 4, of Essington, searched the puzzle board before him for a place where the firefighter would fit just right. "I can help you," said Ashlyn Trusty, 4, of Chester, leaning across the work table to Christoper. Christopher completed his puzzle with a little help from Ashlyn. Then both helped Matt Vadala, 4, of Morton finish his dog puzzle as part of their morning preschool lesson. Although the lesson was typical of most preschool activities, the setting is breaking new educational ground, according to Kyu Hwang, director of the Elwyn Development Center preschool in Media.
March 15, 2012 |
Undergraduate students at the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Science at the University of California, Irvine, have built an Android app to help students through social awkwardness. The app, called AwkTalk, was developed by students for AppJam, a competition to build the best mobile app in one week. The theme for the competition was self-improvement and the team "Socially Awkward Anteaters" won the $1,000 first prize in the competition with the app. "We were all aware that many of our colleagues in the fields of computer science and engineering (ourselves included)
March 21, 1991 |
Preschool: You could call it Kindergarten Prep. And with the cachet comes the catch: To lay dibs on a pint-size chair this fall, parents started enrolling their 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds in area preschools several months ago. "We started getting phone calls back in December for parents wanting to reserve a spot for the 1991-92 school year," said Mary Barringer, director and teacher at Hopewell United Methodist Nursery School in East Brandywine Township....
May 29, 1994 |
Getting phone calls from classmates and attending birthday parties are all normal expectations of childhood. But some children never experience them. Kyndra Needham, 11, was one of those youngsters whose name was missing from invitation lists, according to her mother Gwen Needham. Looking for a way to fit in, Kyndra found help through Collage, a Newtown Square-based occupational therapy program that helps children age 5 through 15 gain social skills. "She was alienated from her peer group.