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ERIC Number: ED505793
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 42
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
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An Examination of Play Behaviors in Young At-Risk Children
Schwabe, Adrienne; Craig-Unkefer, Lesley
Online Submission, M.A. Thesis, Minnesota University
This study examined the effects that a multi-component intervention had on play behaviors and mean length of utterance (MLU) of eight Head Start children at risk for language delays and social skill development. The intervention consisted of three components: (a) a planning period included reading a story book that illustrated the play theme and use of the social pragmatic communication strategies, practice using vocabulary to be used in play, and choosing roles for the thematic activity; (b) a 10-minute play session in which the interventionist coached children to interact while they played with the thematic related toys; and (c) a brief reporting period in which children reviewed their use of social pragmatic strategies and specific vocabulary. Increases in complex play and MLU were observed from baseline to intervention for all children. The increases however, were not consistent among dyads. (Contains 4 tables and 15 figures.)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test; Preschool Language Scale; Child Behavior Checklist