ERIC Number: ED130471
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-May
Reference Count: 0
The Possible Function of Sign Language in Facilitating Verbal Communication in Severely Dysfunctional Non-Verbal Children.
Oxman, Joel; And Others
The authors support the use of manual communication with the non-verbal autistic child and suggest that the exercise of manual communication may facilitate the functioning of spoken communication. Research is reviewed in the following areas: the marked peculiarities in the autistic child's perception of and attention to stimuli within or across various sensory modalities, the distinction between mute and echolalic autistic children, the efficacy of simulataneous use of gesture and speech communication, and evidence which suggests an overlap in the neural control for speaking and for certain activities of the upper limbs. An experiment in which 11 autistic children given gestural training showed progress in the frequency and clarity of verbalization is discussed, and a general model for the logical and physiological interconnection of speech and graphic language systems is mentioned. (SBH)
Descriptors: Autism, Exceptional Child Education, Manual Communication, Research Reviews (Publications), Speech Skills, Verbal Communication
Clarke Institute of Psychiatry, 250 College Street, Ontario, Canada (free)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of National Health and Welfare, Ottawa (Ontario).
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: A version of this paper was presented at the University of Louisville Interdisciplinary Conference on Linguistics (Louisville, Kentucky, May, 1976)