Volume 10, Issue 1 (April 2012)                   Iranian Rehabilitation Journal 2012, 10(1): 35-38 | Back to browse issues page

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1- Department of Psychology and Exceptional Children Education, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
2- Pediatric Neurorehabilitation Research Center, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
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Objectives: The development of social skills, especially skills in relating to peers, is an important capacity that provides the foundations for lifelong success. Some children with disabilities need to learn social skills more directly. The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of social skills training on socialization skills development in children with Down syndrome.

Methods: This study was a semi-experimental conducted on thirty-seven student with Down syndrome, 8-12 years old with IQ 55–75. Subjects were divided randomly in two groups (n=18) and control group (n=19). Initially, each of the subjects was assessed by the list of social skills, and then social skill training was performed for 60 minutes, two times weekly, for two months in intervention group, and the socialization skills was evaluated after intervention and 2 months later in the two groups.

Results: A significant (P<0.05) improvement in socialization skills was occurred. Follow-up study also showed, improvement of socialization skills were maintained 2 months after the end of training in intervention group (P<0.05).

Discussion: It’s seems that training of social skills can improve the socialization skills of children with Down's syndrome.

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Type of Study: Original Research Articles | Subject: methodology in rehabilitation
Received: 2012/01/6 | Accepted: 2012/02/20 | Published: 2012/04/1