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ERIC Number: ED115363
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr-12
Pages: 26
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The Influence of Early Stimulation on Language Development.
Fowler, William; Swenson, Amy
This longitudinal study explored the effects of early language stimulation upon norms of the language development of three infants. When the infants were 4-5 months old, a long-term program of intensified early language stimulation was implemented by weekly home tutoring sessions with the parents. The tutor stimulation program consisted of an adult-guided model of environmentally specific language activity framed in interpersonally sensitive modes of adult-child interactions. These modes consisted of five types of parent-child activities: routines of daily caregiving, sociodramatic play and sensory motor play, object exploration and manipulative play, periodic trips inside and outside the home, and looking at clear simple pictures in books. In all forms of activity the stress was on alternating adult modeling with infant initative or responsive behavior, encouraged by adult responsiveness or suggestion. Two measurements were used: (1) periodic tests of cognitive development (including a language quotient), and (2) a system of daily record keeping by parents which included a developmental study of initial vocalization, comprehension, imitations and productions of words, phrases or sentences. Results indicate that the mean levels and rates of language development for the three infants greatly surpassed norms of development, the language acquisition indices developed in the same sequence for each child, and the stimulation program may be facilitating the development of other abilities in the child. (GO)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Denver, Colorado, April 12, 1975)