ERIC Number: ED209781
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Feb
Reference Count: 0
An Approach to Speech and Language Instruction for the Spanish-Speaking Preschooler.
Principles of language assessment and instruction for Spanish speaking preschoolers at St. Mary's Hospital in Tucson, Arizona, are presented. Basic definitions and program model (which looks at the child's communication skills based purely on semantic content contained in spontaneous language samples) are explained. The program's theoretical bases include the assumption that socialization and cognition provide an initial basis for language emergence and continue to interact with language development. The speech and language assessment process examines cognitive precursors to language, receptive language, medical/developmental history, oral peripheral facility, and expressive language (involving analysis of 50 spontaneous utterances elicited during play). The intervention component involves instruction in new syntactic forms, training of parents and paraprofessionals, selection of the language in which therapy is provided, and the use of a scoring system to facilitate monitoring of progress. Six attachments (in Spanish) are used in the parent/paraprofessional training program. (DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Limited English Speaking; Saint Marys Hospital AZ
Note: Paper presented at The Council for Exceptional Children Conference on The Exceptional Bilingual Child (New Orleans, LA, February 18-20, 1981, Session F-24).