The Social Functioning of Students With Learning Disabilities: Implications for Inclusion

  • Vaughn S
  • Elbaum B
  • Boardman A
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Abstract

This article presents a selected review of research on the social functioning of students with learning disabilities (LDs) and draws implications for the inclusion of students with LDs in regular education classrooms. Four areas of social functioning are addressed: social skills, self-concept, friendships, and social networks. Research in these areas indicates that some, though not all, students with LDs demonstrate problems in the social domain that may have consequences for their inclusion in regular classrooms. In light of the trend toward inclusion of students with LDs, we argue that the social dimensions of placement decisions for these students should be considered. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)

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Authors

  • Sharon Vaughn

  • Batya Elbaum

  • Alison Gould Boardman

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