Communication opportunities provided to children with special needs: preliminary data

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Tsai, Meng-Ju
Scherz, Julie W.

Tsai, Meng-Ju & Scherz, Julie. (2007). Communication opportunities provided to children with special needs: preliminary data. In Proceedings : 3rd Annual Symposium : Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, KS : Wichita State University, p.75-76.


Five toddler classrooms were observed two times each to gather information about communication opportunities provided to children with developmental disabilities. 288 10-second blocks were observed during four types of activities. Data collected indicated that communication opportunities were provided in fewer than 30% of the observation intervals across contexts of activities. The number and types of communication opportunities provided by the teachers, and the children’s responses following the opportunities across the classrooms were documented and discussed. Potential barriers to effective communication interactions in classrooms serving children with developmental disabilities were considered form the perspectives of the classroom teachers and children with developmental disabilities. A variety of different trainings for teachers and interventions for children was also highlighted.

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Paper presented to the 3rd Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) held at the Hughes Metropolitan Complex, Wichita State University, April 27, 2007.
Research completed at the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders,College of Health Professions