ERIC Number: ED292565
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
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Facilitating Communicative Competence in Young Children: Techniques for Parents & Teachers.
A practicum was implemented by a licensed speech-language pathologist working in a clinical and instructional program in a predominantly black, inner-city community in northeastern Indiana. The practicum was designed to improve the communicative competence of young children in a kindergarten-first grade setting. It was implemented because screening data, increased referrals for speech-language services, and direct observation of classroom procedure and technology indicated that a problem existed. Eight parent training workshops, four teacher training workshops, and one building level in-service session were conducted. Each workshop for parents addressed a communication topic, parental concerns, and communication facilitation techniques. Workshop sessions were supplemented with home training packets compiled to encourage parent follow-through. Each workshop for teachers highlighted one observation and diagnostic tool used to gather information on communication skills of young students. Teachers developed strategies for intervention. A teacher training booklet was compiled. Issues addressed in the in-service session included the effect of communicative competence on academic performance, the setting for a climate of change, promotional criteria, and intervention strategies. Evaluation findings indicated that teachers and parents demonstrated increased understanding of communication development and techniques to aid communicative competence in young children. Related materials are appended. (RH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
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Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.