Powerfully Adapting Social Skills Training for Students With Cognitive Impairment

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 4,8
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 7: Psychological Services for Specific Groups of Students

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. learn new approaches to teach social skills to cognitively impaired students.
  2. understand important concepts for adapting social skills lessons to help further engage students of various cognitive levels.
  3. adapt social skills curriculum to be better suited for cognitively impaired children.


This presentation will highlight the aspects of identifying and modifying appropriate social skills training and lessons for students with cognitive impairment. Additionally, lessons learned throughout the process of implementing social skills training in special education classrooms will be highlighted. This presentation will offer valuable information for those who are looking to apply social skills training for this specialized population.



Sarah Sparrow, Abilene Christian University
Rachel Team, Abilene Christian University
Charles Wadlington, Abilene Christian University
Melissa Gant, Abilene Christian University


Rachel M. Team, Charles Wadlington, Melissa Gant


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