Evidence-based practices

Explore instructional methods, generalization tactics, support strategies, and instructional settings that you can use to help educators facilitate student generalization of learned social skills into the classroom.

Instructional Methods

Instructional methods are the techniques that a teacher can use to meet various learning objectives. Advisor explores instructional methods that support practice and generalization of social skills including video modeling, social narratives, role playing and direct instruction.

Generalization Tactics

Generalization tactics are ways teachers can strategically support student use of skills acquired to authentic but discerner situations. For example, a student might be able to follow a conversational script with a teacher in the classroom, but needs support for recognizing when to use the script with peers on the playground.

Support Strategies

Support strategies are things teachers can do to make it more likely the student will use the acquired skill in a novel context. For example, a student may know a conversational script but need a visual reminder like a gesture or symbol that can be paired with the natural cue and later faded (so the natural cue reminds the student to use the script).

Instructional Settings

Instructional settings include 1 on 1, or 1 teacher to one student, small group, where the teacher works with the student plus a couple of their peers and large group, which is more of a whole class setting. The setting is important as educators consider the solutions and lesson plans.