The purpose of this research project was to determine whether training the Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) teachers, paraprofessionals, and staff would increase the social and emotional literacy of the children as well as the staff in the ECSE classroom . The four areas of training & research consisted of: 1. Increasing staff’s positive attention, encouragement and praise while working as a team in the ECSE classroom; 2. Using incentives for the purpose of promoting positive attention in the classroom; 3. Using more proactive teaching techniques for the purpose of preventing behavior problems in the classroom, and 4. Increasing staff’s proficiency in teaching social skills, problem-solving skills, and anger management skills. The staff trainings served as a prerequisite for the successful implementation of the Incredible Years (IY) Child Training Program called the Dina Dinosaur Social Skills and Problem Solving curriculum. This curriculum will be fully implemented in the ECSE classroom beginning in the fall, 2010. Focus groups and grounded theory methodology were utilized to collect and analyze the data.


Robin Wingo

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Other Capstone Project


Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work


Social and Behavioral Sciences

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