Creating Social and Behavioral Development Opportunities during Whole Group Instruction

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Creating Social and Behavioral Development Opportunities during Whole Group Instruction

In Unit 4, we discussed the importance of behavioral interventions surrounding social skill development in young children with ASD. You explored specific research based behavioral interventions targeting social skills such as peer training, social narratives, and video modeling.

It is important that chosen research-based interventions be tailored specifically to fit the needs of each individual student. As professionals in the field, a critical component of your job will be designing instruction individualized to the behavior and social needs of students with ASD in all learning environments. In particular, whole group instructional settings like “circle time,” can be a challenge in order to differentiate instruction among a group of students who are all developing at different rates. Your job to facilitate language and social development within a whole group setting can be challenging, but manageable, if you plan according to student needs and utilize proper intervention methods.

The videos below demonstrate whole group instruction of children with ASD and other disabilities. While viewing the whole group instruction video (circle time), focus on the different research-based instructional strategies and interventions you view being used by professionals to guide behavior and social development. In addition, pay attention to the setup of the environment and interaction between peers. Examples of research-based instructional strategies being used in the video clip are: Applied Behavior Analysis components such as positive reinforcement, imitation of educator movements during songs, verbal directions, the use of physical prompts from an assistant, verbal and nonverbal communication, visual based strategies, pictures for communication and requests, and much more.

Please review the videos below from an inclusive learning environment during large group circle time:

High Scope Preschool. (2009, Feb 6). Introduction to Large-Group Time [Video file]. Retrieved from

[Jamie S49]. (2009, Sep 28). Children in an inclusive preschool classroom interact with a puppet [Video file] Retrieved from

[Jamie S49]. (2009, Sep 28). Children in an inclusive preschool classroom sings during circle time [Video file] Retrieved from

[Jamie S49]. (2009, Sep 28). Stacie McConnell uses scripted stories and puppets to promote preschoolers language development [Video file] Retrieved from

This assignment will give you the opportunity to create language and social development opportunities during whole group instruction. Using the Unit 5 Assignment Template, you will first collect data from a learning environment, and then you will prepare your own lesson plan for whole group instruction.

Imagine you are an early childhood professional who has one or more students with ASD included within your preschool learning environment. Since students with ASD typically have deficits in the areas of behavior and social skill development, you will adapt a circle-time lesson plan to fit the specific needs of the children with ASD based on current research.

For example, if you are going to prepare a lesson plan for circle time involving a music and movement activity, what kinds of research-based intervention strategies can you use to adapt the lesson to fit the student with ASD? Can you utilize pictures/visuals to guide the student to perform the proper movements to the song? Can you include peers to model appropriate actions for the student to follow?

Using the lesson plan template provided, you are going to prepare a lesson for whole group instruction time based on current research. Your whole group lesson (circle time) can be based on any topic, but must accommodate the needs of at least one student with ASD in the area of social and behavior skill development.

You may choose from music and movement activities, story time, finger plays, etc. Once you have chosen your activity, fill in the following information on the lesson plan template.

Please use template….