ERIC Number: ED292289
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr-23
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Improving the Communication Environment for Children with Severe Handicaps through Manual Sign Inservice Training.
Lloyd, Lyle L.; And Others
A "working party" (a decision-making group similar to the quality circles concept) comprised of public elementary school personnel (administrator, regular and special education staff), and parents, university special education faculty and graduate students worked cooperatively to develop and implement a manual sign inservice training package to improve the communication environment for severely handicapped elementary school students. A series of four half-day workshops was conducted during which school staff (teachers, aides, custodians, support staff, parents, and bus drivers) learned manual signs for a functional core vocabulary selected from a list generated by the school staff and students. Initial trends indicated that the total number of staff and students using manual sign increased. The process of planning and conducting the inservice training workshops yielded valuable lessons in several areas which are described: (1) the use of a working party; (2) selection of vocabulary; (3) development of the workshop format, activities, and materials; and (4) trends in observational/evaluative data. Also explored is the role of previous research and clinical observation in sequencing the manual signs assigned to the initial workshops to facilitate success. Enlargement of selected sign vocabulary and expansion of its use to parents and related school-community service people are mentioned briefly. An appendix lists activities used in the workshops. (Author/VW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children (65th, Chicago, IL, April 20-24, 1987).