Supporting the Social Lives of Students with Intellectual Disability

Authored by: Elizabeth E. Biggs , Erik W. Carter

Handbook of Research-Based Practices for Educating Students with Intellectual Disability

Print publication date:  November  2016
Online publication date:  October  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138832091
eBook ISBN: 9781315736198
Adobe ISBN: 9781317566243

10.4324/9781315736198.ch15

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Abstract

Schools are thoroughly social settings. From the moment students arrive on campus to their departure for home, children and youth spend substantial time in the influential company of peers, educators, and other school staff. Indeed, the social interactions taking place in classrooms, hallways, clubs, cafeterias, courtyards, and other areas of the school are what many students look forward to most about going to school each day. Casual conversations, collaborative projects, and time spent with friends often are at the center of what makes school enjoyable. Likewise, the absence of strong social connections can make school a lonely, anxious, and unengaging place for students. Supporting students socially is an essential aspect of providing a strong and well-rounded education.

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