Creating a Curriculum of Social Skills in Order to Reduce Recidivism of Individuals With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

The purpose of this project is to provide a curriculum of social skills for individuals who do not develop social skills through the typical process of sociocultural interaction: The First 10 Social Skills Everyone Should Know. Due to circumstances, beyond their control, individuals with intellectual disabilities may not behave in the behaviors that the individuals around them would expect. Often, the general public is unaware of the reason why an individual may behave with atypical social behaviors. Consequently, these individuals with disabilities, due to their lack of situationally normed social skills, are often thought to be behaving antisocially, rudely, or disrespectfully. When an event arises in which legal authorities such as: the police, lawyers, judges, and other court personnel become involved, the unexpected actions of persons with limitations in social skills may cause them to be treated more harshly than an individual with the expected social behaviors. Teaching social skills to these individuals with disabilities may improve their ability to conduct themselves in a manner that will increase their success in interacting with other individuals – especially legal personnel - and may reduce their recidivism rates.