ERIC Number: EJ862068
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
Engaging Mexican Immigrant Families in Language and Literacy Interventions: Three Case Studies
Kummerer, Sharon E.; Lopez-Reyna, Norma A.
Remedial and Special Education, v30 n6 p330-343 2009
This article describes the experiences of three Mexican immigrant mothers and their young children who were participating in early intervention speech-language therapy. Mother interviews, children's therapy files, observation field notes, and parent journals contributed to the construction of instrumental case studies. Highlighting the potential for collaborative relationships, the authors describe how mothers' concerns, understandings, and participation changed across intervention and how the clinician and mothers developed shared goals and informed one another. The case studies portray mothers' beliefs about language and literacy development, perceptions of their children's abilities, and the mother-child relationship around speech-language therapy. Based on these beliefs and perceptions, avenues for the increased engagement of Mexican immigrant families in their children's early language and literacy opportunities are suggested.
Descriptors: Early Intervention, Mothers, Parent Child Relationship, Case Studies, Therapy, Immigrants, Mexicans, Mexican Americans, Young Children, Speech Language Pathology, Interviews, Observation, Journal Writing, Parent Attitudes, Program Effectiveness, Parent Participation, Attitude Change, Cooperative Planning, Language Acquisition, Emergent Literacy
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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