ERIC Number: ED245523
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Effects of General Imitation Pre-Training on the Acquisition of Manual Signs by Severely Retarded Children. [Final Report].
Creekmore, Nancy N.; Lloyd, Lyle L.
The study examined the effects of a pre-training general imitation experience on the learning of manual signs by 12 severely mentally retarded children (8-14 years old) and compared the effectiveness of three training methods--imitation, molding, or both. Ss were exposed to a pre-training experience consisting of either free play or general imitation training. Ss were then taught to produce nine manual signs, three by each of the training techniques. Post-test data revealed that Ss receiving the pre-training imitation experience produced a greater number of signs to criteria and a greater number of correct responses to the sign stimuli. Ss responded more frequently to sign stimuli presented in the imitation alone or imitation/molding training modes than in the molding alone mode. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Purdue Univ., Lafayette, IN.
Note: Revision of a paper presented at the Gatlinburg Conference on Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (14th, March 20, 1981).