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Teachers’ and Speech-Language Pathologists’ Perceptions about a Tangible Symbols Intervention: Efficacy, Generalization, and Recommendations

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TitleTeachers’ and Speech-Language Pathologists’ Perceptions about a Tangible Symbols Intervention: Efficacy, Generalization, and Recommendations
Publication TypeJournal Article
AbstractTwenty-nine special education teachers (n = 21) and speech-language pathologists (n = 8) were interviewed about a tangible symbols intervention conducted with 51 children (3–21 years) with multiple disabilities and visual impairment. The intervention, which took place over a 7-month period, addressed the use of tangible symbols in the context of a structured protocol for implementing the daily schedule. These educators reported that students learned the meaning of symbols, exhibited improved behaviour, and learned part or all of the daily routine, among other benefits. Supports and barriers to student learning (later coded as student characteristics or intervention characteristics) were discussed. Interviewees suggested improvements to the intervention and for generalization to the home setting, including labelling in the family’s first language.
AuthorsBruce, S. M., Trief E., and Cascella P. W.
Year of Publication2011
PublicationAugmentative and Alternative Communication
Volume27
Issue3
Pages172-182
ISSN0743-4618 (print) 1477-3848 (online)
Publisher DOIhttp://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.3109/07434618.2011.610354
Keywords (MeSH)activities of daily living, adolescent, attitude of health personnel, child, communication methods, disabled children, education, social behaviour, social environment, speech-language pathology, treatment outcome, young adult
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