ERIC Number: ED240769
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The Development of Behavioral Synchrony in Social Communication: The Exceptional Infant. Final Report.
McCollum, Jeanette A. Walker
The report presents summaries of findings from three substudies dealing with the early interaction patterns between handicapped infants and their mothers. The first substudy compared dyads composed of handicapped and nonhandicapped infants and their mothers. Analysis of videotaped observations, questionnaires and diaries completed by mothers revealed that the looking patterns of the two groups were more similar than not, although the similarity may diminish with age. Influences of age and mother vocalization on infants' toy play behavior were noted. Results suggested that mothers of handicapped children must make greater effort to promote parent-child interaction than mothers of nonhandicapped children. Substudy 2 provided a more in-depth analysis of the interactions of seven dyads, five with handicapped babies and two with normally developing infants. The final substudy tested the efficacy of direct intervention on the interactive process between three mothers and babies. Findings stressed the importance of the interactions being pleasurable for both participants and demonstrated that intervention can change the nature of social interaction by making it more pleasurable and communicative. (CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Coll. of Education.
Note: The document was developed under a grant to the Department of Special Education, University of Illinois. Numerous charts have small print which may not reproduce well.