ERIC Number: ED157312
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Language Fluency Project: An Investigation into the Development and Training of Socialised Language of Mentally Handicapped Children.
McCormack, Andrina E.
A Language Fluency Project was set up to encourage eight culturally disadvantaged and mentally handicapped girls (11 to 13 years old) to verbalize more clearly and more fluently and to maintain a verbal interaction. The program consisted of having the group imagine that they were taking part in a television documentary program. Over a 20-week period, 30-minute discussion sessions were held on topics gauged for equal difficulty by independent observers. While the quantity of the children's language did not change, the quality of their verbal performance did increase significantly. Comparative data were gathered on a group of normal adolescent girls, and from study and observation of discussion transcripts a model of socialized language was proposed. (SBH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the World Congress on Future Special Education (First, Stirling, Scotland, June 25 - July 1, 1978)