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A comparison of sign and verbal language training with nonverbal retarded children.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7253617     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Twelve nonverbal, hearing, retarded children were matched and then randomly assigned to sign language training, speech training, and placebo groups. Four of the subjects received speech training using the Bricker. Dennison, and Bricker (1976) program, and four subjects received sign language training using an adaptation of the Bricker et al. program. The results indicated no statistically significant difference between the verbal and sign language groups through the sign group and verbal group did learn significantly more than the placebo group. A closer examination of the findings indicated that although all four of the sign language subjects learned some signs, only two of the four speech training subjects learned to say words. The findings were interpreted as indicating that some nonverbal retarded children will benefit from sign language than speech training. Suggestions for the direction of future research are given.
J V Kahn
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Comparative Study; Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of speech and hearing research     Volume:  24     ISSN:  0022-4685     ISO Abbreviation:  J Speech Hear Res     Publication Date:  1981 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1981-09-25     Completed Date:  1981-09-25     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376336     Medline TA:  J Speech Hear Res     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  113-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Language Development Disorders / therapy*
Language Disorders / therapy*
Language Therapy*
Manual Communication*
Mental Retardation / complications*,  psychology
Sign Language*

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