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ERIC Number: EJ1019466
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Feb
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0271-1214
A Program for Improving Toddler Communication through Parent Coaching
Moore, Heather W.; Barton, Erin E.; Chironis, Maria
Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, v33 n4 p212-224 Feb 2014
The purpose of this manuscript was to describe a community-based program, Language and Play Everyday (LAPE), aimed at evaluating effective practices for enhancing parents' capacity to increase their toddlers' communication skills. LAPE was a parent education program focused on coaching parents to embed naturalistic language-enhancing strategies within daily routines. Participants included eight families of toddlers with expressive communication delays ranging in age from 22 to 36 months. LAPE was delivered using group and individual sessions. After participating in the program, parents increased their responsivity and use of other language-enhancing behaviors. Social validity measures indicated that parents were satisfied with procedures, goals, and outcomes of the project. Moreover, children improved their expressive language skills. Implications for future research and application are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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