ERIC Number: ED209865
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May
Movement Based Language: The Van Dijk Model.
Magin, Kevin D.
The paper examines the development of language in the deaf blind child with emphasis on the child's motoric behavior and imitation as the initial step in language acquisition. Discussed are the following early developmental stages: symbionic (the close physical and emotional identification of child with the mother to be or new mother); resonance (in which the child responds physically to stimulation); and nonrepresentational reference (in which the child learns to identify important objects such as parts of his body). Coactive movement (in which the child and adult explore the child's environment together) should lead to imitation of motoric action and conceptualization. The use of natural gestures by the adult to reinforce communication efforts should lead to use of an arbitrary language system including speech, fingerspelling, reading, and writing. (DB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Regional Workshop of the Southeast Regional Center for Deaf-Blind Children (Nashville, TN, May 6-9, 1979).