A Survey of Special Educators' Awareness of, Experiences With, and Attitudes toward Nonverbal Communication Aids in the Schools The purpose of this survey was to determine the awareness of, experiences with, and attitudes toward nonverbal communication aids by special educators in county school systems throughout West Virginia. A 14-item questionnaire was constructed and distributed to special educators in 14 counties throughout the state. The counties were chosen to ... Research Article
Research Article  |   October 01, 1985
A Survey of Special Educators' Awareness of, Experiences With, and Attitudes toward Nonverbal Communication Aids in the Schools
 
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  • Rosemary G. Shrewsbury is a speech-language pathologist in the Wood County Public Schools, Parkersburg, WV. Norman J. Lass and Laura S. Joseph are affiliated with the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, West Virginia University, 805 Allen Hall, P.O. Box 6122, Morgantown, WV 26506-6122. Requests for reprints should be sent to Dr. Lass.
    Rosemary G. Shrewsbury is a speech-language pathologist in the Wood County Public Schools, Parkersburg, WV. Norman J. Lass and Laura S. Joseph are affiliated with the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, West Virginia University, 805 Allen Hall, P.O. Box 6122, Morgantown, WV 26506-6122. Requests for reprints should be sent to Dr. Lass.×
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Research Article   |   October 01, 1985
A Survey of Special Educators' Awareness of, Experiences With, and Attitudes toward Nonverbal Communication Aids in the Schools
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, October 1985, Vol. 16, 293-298. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.1604.293
History: Received March 28, 1984 , Accepted January 4, 1985
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, October 1985, Vol. 16, 293-298. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.1604.293
History: Received March 28, 1984; Accepted January 4, 1985

The purpose of this survey was to determine the awareness of, experiences with, and attitudes toward nonverbal communication aids by special educators in county school systems throughout West Virginia. A 14-item questionnaire was constructed and distributed to special educators in 14 counties throughout the state. The counties were chosen to be representative of variations in geographical regions of the state. Of 796 questionnaires distributed to the 14 counties, a total of 420 special educators (53%) from 12 counties returned completed questionnaires, and 237 of these questionnaires from 11 counties qualified for inclusion in the survey. Results indicate respondents' limited awareness, understanding, and experiences with nonverbal communication aids. Implications and suggestions for preservice and continuing education programs for special educators are presented.

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