Students’ Social Skills Flourish Best in Groups with Similar Skill Levels

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[Source: Science Daily]

Research shows that the behavior of the people you most spend time with can affect your own behavior, for better or worse. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have found that children who need assistance improving their social skills might benefit more when grouped with peers who have similar social skill levels, rather than with peers who have a similar disability or disorder.

“We know that how you group children together in an intervention situation matters immensely,” said Janine Stichter, professor of special education at the MU College of Education. “However, we have to consider what types of groups work better than others and create the best positive behavior outcomes.”

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