ERIC Number: ED257226
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov-1
Reference Count: 0
Inservice Leadership Training for Speech-Language and Special Education Personnel. Final Report.
McLean, James E.; And Others
This report describes a project which targeted two-person teams of leadership-level personnel in special education and speech/language pathology for training in child language to serve severely handicapped non-verbal children. A "pyramid" training model was used and these primary trainees conducted additional training with teachers and clinicians in their home districts/agencies upon completion of their own training. Five primary workshops, each including five to seven interdisciplinary teams of leadership-level, inservice professionals were conducted over a period of about 2 years. Training consisted of 6 days of intensive workshop activity which involved reading, group discussion, and viewing of eight instructional videotape programs. The content areas covered included: (1) an overview of the nature of human communication and language; (2) cognitive bases of early communication and language; (3) social bases of early communication and language; (4) early stages and processes in the development of receptive, expressive and discourse linguistic skills; (5) nature and role of caregiver-child interaction in early communication and language development; (6) specific taxonomies or units of analysis to describe child performances; (7) principles of communication assessment and treatment for nonverbal students/clients; and (8) principles of communication assessment and treatment for language using, but severely language-deficient students/clients. Project staff also followed up with each team of primary trainees to obtain feedback on the applications that were made of this material in each trainee's home agency; and to assist trainees in planning, implementing and evaluating training activities they conducted in their home agencies. The evaluation of this project focused on both effectiveness and cost benefits. In terms of long-term impact, these trainees provided training to an additional 826 inservice professionals and impacted on a total of 12,853 severely handicapped children. (Author/CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Kansas Univ., Lawrence.