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Improving Classroom Communication: The Effects of Virtual Social Training on Communication and Assertion Skills in Middle School Students

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Frontiers in Education

Maria Teresa Johnson, Aimee Herron Troy, Kathleen Michelle Tate, Tandra Toon Allen, Aaron Michael Tate and Sandra Bond Chapman

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Overview

This study examined the relationship between teacher identification of socially at-risk students and baseline ratings of the students' social skills. Researchers also looked at the feasibility of an eight-session virtual social training to assist these students. The students then underwent the virtual training, with significant improvement in their social skills after the final session.
Virtual locations (A) Outside school; Participant, Faux Peer, Coach (B) School classroom; Participant, Faux Peer, Coach (C) Playground and Basketball Courts; Participant, two Faux Peers.

Virtual locations (A) Outside school; Participant, Faux Peer, Coach (B) School classroom; Participant, Faux Peer, Coach (C) Playground and Basketball Courts; Participant, two Faux Peers.

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Maria Johnson is wearing a blue, floral blouse with blue lights, Vertical. Director of Youth and Family Innovations- hero (?)

Maria Johnson, MA, CCC-SLP

Director, Youth & Family Innovations Lead Research Clinician and Trainer, Charisma Virtual Social Training

Tandra T. Allen is wearing a gray blouse with lights, Vertical.  Head of Virtual Training Programs.

Tandra Allen, MS, CCC-SLP

Assistant Director of Research