ERIC Number: ED377648
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jun
Parent-Child Relationships for Communicative Development: An Intervention Study.
MacDonald, James D.; Wilkening, Paula L.
This study examined parent-child relationships during intervention with 25 preschoolers having developmental disabilities. Both parent and child performances were analyzed on a series of behavioral attributes reflecting developmentally appropriate child goals, adult strategies, partnership goals, and potential interactive problems. Videotaped samples throughout treatment were the primary source of interactive analyses. Comparison of pre and post treatment performance indicated developmentally positive changes in social-communicative behaviors for both parents and children. Findings supported a parent-based treatment model that focuses on building stable interactive relationships as the primary vehicle for communicative development. Generally the findings show that as parents become interactively balanced, matched, responsive, and less controlling, the children participate more in the interactions and increase their communicative rate. (Contains 38 references.) (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Mental Retardation (118th, Boston, MA, May 31-June 4, 1994).