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ERIC Number: EJ916852
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0265-6590
Imitation Therapy for Non-Verbal Toddlers
Gill, Cindy; Mehta, Jyutika; Fredenburg, Karen; Bartlett, Karen
Child Language Teaching and Therapy, v27 n1 p97-108 Feb 2011
When imitation skills are not present in young children, speech and language skills typically fail to emerge. There is little information on practices that foster the emergence of imitation skills in general and verbal imitation skills in particular. The present study attempted to add to our limited evidence base regarding accelerating the development of speech/language in young children who have failed to achieve expected language milestones. Imitation therapy (Zedler, 1972) was utilized for five non-verbal 18-19-month-old children to determine if imitative behavior in the form of sound production could be initiated and increased. Treatment was administered until children reached criteria for consistent imitative sound productions. Following 8-9 weeks of therapy, all five children exhibited significant increases in both the number of vocalizations and the variety of phonemes produced, and they demonstrated regular spontaneous verbal imitation and emergence of phonetically consistent forms. Imitation therapy appears to be a promising practice that merits further investigation. (Contains 1 table and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A