ERIC Number: EJ846125
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jul
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Language Delay and Its Relationship to Separation
Jervay-Pendergrass, Debra; Erdelyi, Paula J.; Mendelsohn, Alan L.
Zero to Three (J), v25 n6 p21-26 Jul 2005
This article explores a form of separation that is neither the result of physical disconnection between child and caregiver nor the product of emotional separation associated with parental psychopathology. Underscoring the central role that language and communication play in the development and maintenance of positive parent-child relationships, the authors present a clinically informed conceptual argument for attending to emotional child-caregiver separations resulting from atypical communication development in the child. They explore the idea of a delay in speech and communication skills as an experience of a negative emotional separation. The case presentation of a successful intervention with a child with a speech delay and behavior problems is followed by a discussion from a speech pathologist on the power of storytelling in early childhood, and by a developmental pediatrician who describes the opportunity for intervention in pediatric primary care settings.
Descriptors: Intervention, Delayed Speech, Caregivers, Parent Child Relationship, Speech Skills, Communication Skills, Speech Impairments, Communication Problems, Behavior Problems, Story Telling
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