ERIC Number: ED234124
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
E.H.A., Part B Flow-Through Entitlement's Project Speak. O.E.E. Evaluation Report, 1981-82.
New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Educational Evaluation.
This report presents an evaluation of the third and final year of Project Speak, funded under Part B of the Education for All Handicapped Children Act. Project Speak was initiated to stimulate the language development of preschool handicapped children through direct instruction and parent training. The program provided home-based language intervention, with training consisting of twice-weekly, 50-minute home visits designed to foster language development, demonstrate appropriate and constructive adult-child intervention, and assist parents in reinforcing the language acquisition skills of their severely to profoundly handicapped children. Parents were also trained in developmentally appropriate language activities. Analyses of data from formal and project-developed measures indicate that program objectives were met or surpassed. Participating children improved significantly in both auditory language comprehension and expressive language ability. In addition, parents and guardians of participating children gradually increased their use of the environment and of their own language development. It is thus recommended that the program's instructional techiques be replicated in other programs for preschool handicapped children and that they be tested and, if successful, implemented with older handicapped children. (GC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Educational Evaluation.