ERIC Number: ED063713
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Reference Count: 0
The Non-Verbal Child: Some Clinical Guidelines.
Stark, Joel; And Others
Selected principles and procedures related to language training for nonverbal children are presented. The participating children are 3 to 6 years of age and are enrolled at a clinic for a minimal of 3 hours of individual therapy a week. The language problems vary considerably. The possibility of some central nervous system dysfunction is thought to be the major etiological factor for the majority of the children. Principles and procedures are based on behavior change principles and reinforcement theory. Topics discussed include discriminative stimulus, reinforcing stimulus, recording progress, trials, experimental approaches, reversal, baseline, use of consequences, use of tokens, time out from positive reinforcement, antecedent events, programing stimuli, stimulus support, and modifying social interaction. Illustrative case studies are presented throughout the report. Emphasis is on the application of an experimental approach to the modification of language behavior. The role of recent research in language acquisition as well as the relationship of the language training to the social environment is questioned and discussed. (Author/CB)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: City Univ. of New York, Flushing, NY. Queens Coll.
Note: Based on presentations to the conventions of the ACLD (Atlantic City, New Jersey, February, 1972) and CEC (Washington, D.C., March, 1972)