ERIC Number: ED265680
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Oct
Reference Count: 0
The Modifiability of Maternal Language Use and Its Effect on Delayed Child Language Acquisition.
Weistuch, Lucille; Lewis, Michael
To examine the effectiveness of a maternal intervention curriculum, 40 mothers and children with varying degrees of language delay were assigned to one of two intervention groups matched on child characteristics. Program impact was assessed through standardized tests (the Sequenced Inventory of Communicative Development to measure whether intervening with mothers appreciably affected children's overall receptive and expressive language levels, the Bayley Mental Scale or the Pictorial Test of Intelligence to measure whether intervention appreciably affected children's IQ) and a coding system designed to measure reciprocity of early mother/child language usage in the free play interaction. As hypothesized, 14 of 16 mothers who participated in the project decreased their use of directive speech compared to only 7 of 12 controls. A second hypothesis, that project mothers would increase use of contextual speech relative to controls, was also supported. A final hypothesis, that project mothers would increase usage of both expansions and extensions relative to controls, was not supported. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Council for Exceptional Children/Division for Early Childhood National Early Childhood Conference on Children with Special Needs (Denver, CO, October 6-8, 1985).