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Master of Arts in Education (MA)

MA Concentration

Special Education


Verbal aggression, profanity, cursing, swearing, code switching, affirmations, praise, behavioral intervention


Enrique Dominguez, Pamela A. Redmond, Jim O'Connor


The researcher explores models of social skills interventions to benefit educators in Special and General Education in instructing students with emotional disabilities. Social skills trainings are emphasized to increase better choices for communication in a variety of settings, including the classroom and other formal language environments. Instructing students in social skills and other evidenced-based strategies, such as, but not limited to, affirmations, praise, and code­ switching, provides a positive effect in the restoration of safety and peace in the classroom environment; and success in social interactions with people of all walks of life, presently and in the future. The social skills interventions detailed in this research study are the subject of a teacher workshop to be conducted at a future time.