Bases of Decision in Language Training When selecting grammatical structures to use as language development goals in training language-disordered children, the language clinician may refer to various theoretical approaches. Six bases of decision for language training, each following from differing theoretical approaches, are discussed and reviewed: (1) the structural complexity basis, (2) the developmental language basis, ... Articles
Articles  |   August 01, 1972
Bases of Decision in Language Training
 
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Articles   |   August 01, 1972
Bases of Decision in Language Training
Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, August 1972, Vol. 37, 283-304. doi:10.1044/jshd.3703.283
 
Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, August 1972, Vol. 37, 283-304. doi:10.1044/jshd.3703.283

When selecting grammatical structures to use as language development goals in training language-disordered children, the language clinician may refer to various theoretical approaches. Six bases of decision for language training, each following from differing theoretical approaches, are discussed and reviewed: (1) the structural complexity basis, (2) the developmental language basis, (3) the perceptual strategy basis, (4) the mean-length-of-utterance basis, (5) the cognitive basis, and (6) the dialectal basis. Of these possible bases of decision, the developmental language basis, the cognitive basis, the perceptual strategy basis, and the dialectal basis appear to suggest the most useful guidelines for sequences in language training. The language clinician may be able to organize his training program more effectively by recognizing the theoretical bases from which his decisions arise.

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