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ERIC Number: ED131607
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
Pages: 13
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Reference Count: 0
A Conceptually Based Approach to Teaching Language to Retarded Children.
Culatta, Barbara
Emphasized is the need to establish the functional use of language symbols as the ultimate goal of teaching language to retarded children. Theoretical support for implementation of a conceptually based language teaching program is presented along with procedures for structuring the child's environment to ensur the attachment of conceptual symbols. Five specific variables (which include decreasing the distracting stimuli), experimentally shown to influence concept learning, are presented as concept teaching strategies. Each of the five strategies serves to highlight the perceptual similarities in surrounding events. It is noted that in this program the child is presented with exaggerated examples of a concept at the same time he is exposed to the word used to symbolize that concept; thus, the child learns both the concept and the language symbol at the same time. (Author/SBH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Kentucky Interdisciplinary Conference on Linguistics