ERIC Number: ED365055
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jun-23
Reference Count: N/A
The Regular Class as a Communication Support Group.
Hunt, Pam; And Others
Three elementary students with moderate to severe intellectual disabilities and aberrant behaviors were taught to initiate and maintain a conversation with nondisabled peers (who were not classmates) utilizing a communication book adaptation. Additionally, all members of their regular education classes were given the information they needed to converse with their classmate with disabilities using the communication book as the medium for the exchange. Educational staff provided opportunities for members of the class to engage in conversations with the student on a regular basis. Results indicated that there was an increase in positive social and task-related interactions between the students with disabilities and their nondisabled classmates. Increases in initiation of comments were accompanied by decreases in the frequency of the occurrence of the inappropriate behaviors that the students with disabilities had been using in the past to elicit attention from and social interaction with their nondisabled classmates. (Contains 24 references.) (Author/JDD)
Descriptors: Behavior Change, Behavior Problems, Communication Aids (for Disabled), Communication Skills, Connected Discourse, Elementary Education, Interaction, Interpersonal Communication, Interpersonal Competence, Mainstreaming, Maintenance, Moderate Mental Retardation, Outcomes of Treatment, Peer Relationship, Severe Mental Retardation, Social Support Groups
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: San Francisco State Univ., CA. California Research Inst.