Improving the Social Performance of Students Who Are Shy

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 3,4
  • Skill Level: Advanced

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. identify the challenges and needs that shy students face in schools.
  2. distinguish between shy/nonshy and sociable/nonsociable characteristics.
  3. apply instructional strategies that will assist shy students, aligning with a comprehensive role as outlined by the NASP Practice Model.


What is the best approach to help students who are shy? Do stereotypes about shy individuals negatively affect their performance in school? We present a study that demonstrates the positive impact of written prompts on the social performance of students who are shy. Practitioners will learn to identify challenges of shy students, distinguish between shy/non-shy and sociable/unsociable characteristics, and craft prompts to improve the performance of students who are shy during school presentations.



Maria Van Remmen, Buffalo Public Schools
Mark J. Garrison, West Texas A&M


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