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Comparison of sign versus verbal symbol training in retarded adults.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6185915     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Sign language as an alternative or as an augmentive system to verbal language training in the mentally retarded is in widespread use. This study began an exploration of the relationship between sign and verbal learning in 10 institutionalized severely mentally retarded adults. Three experimental groups were taught color labels. Three persons received sign training only, 4 more received verbal training only, and last 3 received combined verbal and sign training. Sign labels tended to be learned more efficiently than verbal labels by this small group. Combined sign and verbal training improved verbal learning whereas sign learning was not improved through the combined approach. Replication and extension of this preliminary work with a larger and more representative sample is needed.
K A Penner; W N Williams
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Perceptual and motor skills     Volume:  55     ISSN:  0031-5125     ISO Abbreviation:  Percept Mot Skills     Publication Date:  1982 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1983-03-11     Completed Date:  1983-03-11     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0401131     Medline TA:  Percept Mot Skills     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  395-401     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Color Perception
Education of Mentally Retarded
Imitative Behavior
Manual Communication*
Mental Retardation / psychology*
Sign Language*
Verbal Learning*

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