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ERIC Number: ED257270
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
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Conversational Skills Training: Teaching Adolescents with Mental Handicaps to Be Verbally Assertive.
Downing, June
The study examined an approach to train three adolescents with moderate mental handicaps to use the conversational skills of initiating a topic and continuing the conversation by cueing an adult listener to speak. The instructional techniques of modeling, prompting, delay, and social reinforcement were used in intervention. A single subject reversal design evaluated the effects of treatment on the frequency of assertive verbal behavior. Training involved four steps progressing from minimal to maximal levels of intervention: (1) systematic delay, (2) explanation of the purpose of conversation and the two roles involved, (3) verbal prompting, and (4) verbal modeling of an appropriate response. Results revealed increases in functional initiating and cueing behavior following 9 weeks of training. Only minimal effects of treatment generalized to conversations between Ss and two nonhandicapped adults from the community. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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