Social Competence of Young Children: Risk, Disability, and Intervention

Volume Editors: William H. Brown Ph.D., Samuel L. Odom Ph.D., Scott R. McConnell Ph.D.

Format: Paperback, 360 pages, 7.0 x 10.0
ISBN: 9781557669230
Price: $42.95

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Increasing positive peer interaction can reduce future social competence problems, but how can you ensure that children with developmental difficulties are given a chance to cultivate the social relationships they need?

For your work with children from birth to age 5 who are at risk for or who have been identified with social competence difficulties, now one succinct resource puts the latest research and effective strategies right at your fingertips. From well-known and respected experts in the field, this volume helps pre- and inservice early childhood general and special educators

  • Gain a deep and thorough foundation for understanding social competence
  • Examine key influences on social development—family, culture, classroom, and friendships
  • Pinpoint strategies for social interaction interventions specific to different populations—including children with disabilities and delays, and children living in poverty
  • Understand the effects of autism, behavioral disorders, communication and language disorders, and severe disabilities on peer interactions and relationships

With the most current research-based assessment and intervention strategies detailed, you'll choose well-matched and effective peer interaction interventions—classroom, naturalistic, or explicit—to suit specific children's needs. Help young children learn the art of forming strong social relationships that can improve their future academic success—and their lives.


Review: Advance for Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists

"For the professional who wants to approach social competence at an in-depth level and with a thorough understanding of the implications and factors involved, this book is an excellent resource."

Review by: Gail Joseph, Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology, Early Childhood and Family Studies Program, University of Washington

"A comprehensive handbook of social competence . . . will be essential reading for researchers and practitioners alike."

Review by: Lise Fox, Professor & Division Director, Department of Child and Family Studies, Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute, University of South Florida

"An authoritative review of the science, issues, and interventions related to the promotion of young children's social competence . . . an essential resource for researchers and professionals."

Review by: Beth Rous, Associate Professor, Educational Leadership Studies, College of Education, Director of Early Childhood, Human Development Institute, University of Kentucky

"Packed with valuable information . . . a must have resource for all those who recognize the critical role of building social competence in young children."

Review by: Mary Louise Hemmeter, Vanderbilt University

"Successfully translates research findings into practical strategies that early childhood professionals can use in their daily interactions with young children and their families."

Table of Contents

About the Editors

I. Nature and Development of Young Children's EmergingPeer-Related Social Competence

  1. Social Competence of Young Children: Conceptualization, Assessment, and Influences
    Samuel L. Odom, Scott R. McConnell, and William H. Brown

  2. Family Roles in Young Children's Emerging Peer-Related Social Competence
    Jeanette A. McCollum and Michaelene M. Ostrosky

  3. Cultural Influences on Young Children's Social Competence
    Marci J. Hanson and Tanya SooHoo

  4. Friendships in Early Childhood: Implications for Early Education and Intervention
    Virginia Buysse, Barbara Davis Goldman, Tracey West, and Heidi Hollingsworth

  5. Classroom Influences on Young Children'sEmerging Social Competence
    Diane M. Sainato, Sunhwa Jung, Mary D. Salmon, and Judah B. Axe

  6. The Critical Nature of Young Children's Emerging Peer-Related Social Competence for Transition to School
    Kristen N. Missal and Robin L. Hojnoski

II. Strategies and Tactics for Peer-Related Social Competence Assessment and Intervention

  1. Peer Interaction Interventions for Preschool Children with Developmental Difficulties
    William H. Brown, Samuel L. Odom, Scott R. McConnell, and Jeanna M. Rathel

  2. Promoting Young Children's Social Competence in Early Childhood Programs
    Karen E. Diamond, Soo-Young Hong, and Alison E. Baroody

  3. Strengthening Social and Emotional Competence in Young Children Who Are Socioeconomically Disadvantaged: Preschool and Kindergarten School-Based Curricula
    Carolyn Webster-Stratton and M. Jamila Reid

  4. Social Competence Interventions for Young Children with Challenging Behaviors
    Maureen A. Conroy, William H. Brown, and Melissa L. Olive

  5. Social Competence Interventions for Young Children with Communication and Language Disorders
    Naomi Schneider and Howard Goldstein

  6. Social Competence Interventions for Young Children with Autism
    Phillip S. Strain, Ilene S. Schwartz, and Edward H. Bovey II

  7. Social Competence Interventions for Young Children with Severe Disabilities
    Erik Drasgow, K. Alisa Lowrey, Yasemin Turan, James W. Halle, and Hedda Meadan

  8. Competent Families, Competent Children: Family-Based Interventions to Promote Social Competence in Young Children
    Susan M. Sheridan, Lisa L. Knoche, and Christine A. Marvin

  9. Placing Children "At Promise": Future Directions for Promoting Social Competence
    Gary N. Siperstein and Paddy C. Favazza

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