ERIC Number: ED308675
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Learning To Talk: A Program for Helping Language-Delayed Children Acquire Early Communication Skills.
Bochner, Sandra; And Others
Guidelines for assessing the current language skills of a language-delayed child and increasing the child's level of communicative competence are provided, based on experience at the Environmental Language Intervention Project at Macquarie University's Special Education Centre in Australia. The program is organized around five sequentially ordered levels from looking, with an adult, at an interesting event to the more complex skill of asking and answering questions. Chapter 1 defines language and its stages of acquisition, and chapter 2 outlines the steps in organizing and setting up a language program. The kind of adult language facilitating children's language acquisition is outlined in chapter 3. The following five chapters describe procedures for assessing a child's current level of communication skill and for teaching new skills. The levels include: (1) prerequisites for talking; (2) performatives and protowords; (3) single words; (4) early sentences; and (5) ways of extending the meaning expressed by the child. Chapter 9 suggests ideas for implementing language training activities with groups, and chapter 10 explores some issues in the use of signs as a supplement to speech. The program is reviewed in chapter 11. Assessment and record forms are appended. (MSE)
Descriptors: Children, Class Activities, Communication Skills, Communicative Competence (Languages), Developmental Stages, Evaluation Methods, Foreign Countries, Group Instruction, Language Acquisition, Language Handicaps, Program Administration, Program Descriptions, Program Development, Severe Disabilities
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Books
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Macquarie Univ., North Ryde (Australia). Special Education Centre.