ERIC Number: ED231105
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: N/A
Functional Sign Training for the Severely Multiply Handicapped.
Waldo, Lois; And Others
A training manual for teaching functional sign training to the severely multiply handicapped was developed using the Signing Exact English (SEE) system. The program, which was adapted from the Functional Speech and Language Training Program, is designed for persons who lack refined motor, speech, and language skills. Procedures are outlined to use with students who rarely make any sounds; students who may make many sounds but who rarely make different sounds, or who rarely sound as if they are saying words; and students who have poor articulation of their speech and who require only a few signing cues to make themselves understood. In each case, shaping, prompting, and putting-through (e.g., moving hand to point to the correct object) techniques are used, and criterion performance is specified. For the focal area of "person and things," nine training steps are presented that are designed to introduce the student to the concept of language and its uses. Each step includes a description of the training goal for the step, a list of training items needed, a description of procedures to be used, training instructions, and a set of instructions used in programing for generalization. The training steps also include two types of scoring forms for recording the student's responses in each session and summary forms to record progress across sessions within the step. Training items include food, clothing, toys, and miscellaneous objects. The scoring forms include a grid that allows scoring for each trial of the signed part of the response, the spoken part of the response, and the overall intelligibility of the total response. (SEW)
Descriptors: Language Acquisition, Multiple Disabilities, Severe Disabilities, Sign Language, Teaching Guides, Teaching Methods, Training Methods, Training Objectives
The entire training packet (of which this program manual is a part) contains 6 video tapes available from the Bureau of Child Research, 2601 Gabriel, Parsons, KS 67357
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Kansas Neurological Inst., Topeka.; Kansas Univ., Lawrence. Early Childhood Inst.