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ERIC Number: ED521256
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 39
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1241-2508-4
Using Environmental Sounds to Initiate Receptive Language Training for Children with Autism
Chow, Woan Tian
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Western Michigan University
A pre-test showed that three pre-school children with autism had difficulty learning to match spoken words to objects (receptive identification). Therefore, they were first taught to match environmental sounds to objects (e.g., to touch a tambourine, when they heard the sound of the tambourine) and then to match spoken words to other objects while continuing to match the mastered environmental sounds to the original objects. For all three children, simply learning the environmental-sound/object matching did not facilitate learning spoken-word/object matching; however intermixing the training of spoken-word/object matching with the previously mastered environmental-sound/object matching did result in the mastery of those intermixed spoken-word/object matches, which, in turn, led to the mastery of additional spoken-word/object matches without further involvement of environmental-sound/object matching. Incidentally, for the environmental-sound/object matching, the objects had been modified to produce no auditory feedback when touched by the children, demonstrating that auditory feedback was not needed to learn the environmental-sound/object matching. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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