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ERIC Number: EJ1164803
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Feb
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1525-7401
A Pilot Study to Teach Siblings to Support Children with Complex Communication Needs
Douglas, Sarah N.; Kammes, Rebecca; Nordquist, Erica; D'Agostino, Sophia
Communication Disorders Quarterly, v39 n2 p346-355 Feb 2018
Siblings play an important role in the lives of children with disabilities, especially those with complex communication needs (CCN). However, children with CCN require support to learn social and communication skills. Like other communication partners, typically developing (TD) siblings may struggle to understand how to best interact with a child with CCN and may benefit from training to learn communication strategies. This pilot study evaluated a newly created sibling communication partner training program to help TD siblings learn the strategy "Plan, Talk, Wait, and Respond" to support the communication of their siblings with CCN. A single-subject multiple probe design was used with three TD siblings and their siblings with CCN. Although results varied for sibling pairs, an increase in communication supports from TD siblings and communication gains for children with CCN were noted with all sibling pairs. Limitations, adjustments to the training, and future research directions are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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