ERIC Number: EJ1139634
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 55
Children with Down Syndrome Sharing Past Personal Event Narratives with Their Teacher Aides: A Pilot Study
van Bysterveldt, Anne K.; Westerveld, Marleen F.
International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, v64 n3 p249-269 2017
Personal narrative ability is crucial for social-emotional well-being and classroom participation. This study investigated the ability of 10 school-age participants with Down syndrome to share past personal experiences with their teacher aides in their school environment. To participate, children were required to speak in short sentences and be largely intelligible to unfamiliar listeners. Personal narratives were elicited using photo prompts, comprising a set of the child's own photographs and a standard set of photographs and accompanying verbal prompts, utilising a clinical language sampling protocol. Personal narratives were analysed on quality, syntactic complexity, verbal fluency and intelligibility. Examiner behaviour was evaluated for measures of syntactic complexity, mean turn length in utterances and number of utterances. Results indicated significant difficulties in producing quality personal narratives in both photo conditions. Examiner behaviour was negatively correlated to the participants' spoken language performance. Clinical implications are highlighted.
Descriptors: Personal Narratives, Down Syndrome, Teacher Aides, Pilot Projects, Foreign Countries, Photography, Visual Aids, Verbal Ability, Intelligence Tests, Vocabulary, Inclusion, Mainstreaming, Special Needs Students, Elementary School Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test