ERIC Number: ED082399
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: 0
Classroom Approach to Language Development for Mentally Retarded Children. Intermediate Level.
Iowa Univ., Iowa City. Speech and Hearing Staff of State Services for Crippled Children.
The guide to classroom instruction in language development for educable mentally handicapped children at the intermediate level is said to be based on a 4 year demonstration project which subjectively evaluated several approaches to the stimulation of speech and language in retarded children. Stressed is the need to incorporate speech activities into all curriculum areas and to cooperate with the speech clinician. The teacher is encouraged to understand the verbal communication process, maintain an accepting classroom environment, learn to assess each child's verbal ability, provide new experiences for each child, and develop methods to integrate speech improvement into daily activities. Discussed are ways to develop language as part of the daily routine, language arts, arithmetic, science, social studies, experience units, art, and music. The major portion of the document consists of two sets of lesson plans, the first one based on orientation in the first week of school, and the second based on typical holiday activities. The material is presented by complete days with topical themes such as money, clothing, or seasons. Lesson plans are organized by related subject areas, activities, advancing preparation and resource materials, and suggestions for blackboard, bulletin board, and experience charts. Appended are suggestions for teaching materials and stories. (DB)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Curriculum Guides, Elementary School Students, Exceptional Child Education, Language Arts, Language Instruction, Lesson Plans, Mental Retardation, Mild Mental Retardation, Verbal Ability
Campus Stores, The University of Iowa, 17 West College, Iowa City, Iowa 52242 ($3.00)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Health Services and Mental Health Administration (DHEW), Rockville, MD. Maternal and Child Health Service.
Authoring Institution: Iowa Univ., Iowa City. Speech and Hearing Staff of State Services for Crippled Children.