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ERIC Number: ED316886
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Andrea: The Casting of Her Spell.
Frechette, Phyllis
A case study examined the classroom behavior of a third grader named Andrea. Andrea's lips moved but no response could be heard. Because Andrea was an appealing child, her lack of oral communication became a challenge for her teacher. Members of the Educators Forum supported feelings that Andrea needed to be helped to use oral language. An observer in the class recorded Andrea's interaction with peers, her movement in and around the classroom, and her contacts with other teachers. It was not known how conscious Andrea was of the fact that silence is a powerful tool and can be used to manipulate others. The cause or causes of elective mutism are often complicated and require long-term therapy. Through a consistent program of stimulating curriculum, some behavior modification, opportunities for expression, warmth, and a constant expectation of a response of some kind, Andrea began to respond orally. (MG)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A