ERIC Number: EJ1140020
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
The Effects of Play-Based Intervention on Vocabulary Acquisition by Preschoolers at Risk for Reading and Language Delays
McLeod, Ragan H.; Hardy, Jessica K.; Kaiser, Ann P.
Journal of Early Intervention, v39 n2 p147-160 Jun 2017
Closing the vocabulary gap for young children at risk for reading and language delays due to low socioeconomic status may have far reaching effects, as the relationship between early vocabulary knowledge and later academic achievement has been well-established. Vocabulary instruction for young children at risk for reading and language delays during classroom play is understudied, but appears to be a useful context for such interventions. A multiple probe design across behaviors replicated across participants was conducted to evaluate the effects of Enhanced Milieu Teaching (EMT) techniques embedded in play sessions on target vocabulary word acquisition for preschool participants. Participants acquired target word sets in an average of 14 sessions, which, in addition to a book with target vocabulary, included interventionist's use of the words in conversation and prompts to use target words in play routines. Implications for vocabulary instruction during play and future research are included.
Descriptors: Play, Intervention, Vocabulary, Preschool Children, At Risk Students, Reading Difficulties, Language Acquisition, Socioeconomic Status, Preschool Education, Teaching Methods, Pretests Posttests, Intelligence Tests, Verbal Ability, Instructional Effectiveness
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Preschool Language Scale; Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test
IES Funded: Yes