An Ecological Language Intervention Approach with Mentally Retarded Adolescents Many of the traditional treatments for language intervention with mentally retarded adolescents are designed to remediate specific linguistic constructs. These treatment approaches do not, however, integrate linguistic constructs nor use materials that are appropriate for the age and socioemotional level of mentally retarded adolescents. This paper describes an innovative ecological ... Research Article
Research Article  |   July 01, 1984
An Ecological Language Intervention Approach with Mentally Retarded Adolescents
 
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  • Dominic F, Gullo, Ph.D., is currently affiliated with Kent State University, Jeanne C. Gullo, is currently affiliated with the Summit County Board of Mental Retardation, Akron, OH. Requests for reprints should be sent to Dominic F. Gullo, Ph.D., 300 White Hall, Kent State University, Kent, OH 44242.
    Dominic F, Gullo, Ph.D., is currently affiliated with Kent State University, Jeanne C. Gullo, is currently affiliated with the Summit County Board of Mental Retardation, Akron, OH. Requests for reprints should be sent to Dominic F. Gullo, Ph.D., 300 White Hall, Kent State University, Kent, OH 44242.×
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Research Article   |   July 01, 1984
An Ecological Language Intervention Approach with Mentally Retarded Adolescents
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 1984, Vol. 15, 182-191. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.1503.182
History: Received February 4, 1983 , Accepted June 21, 1983
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 1984, Vol. 15, 182-191. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.1503.182
History: Received February 4, 1983; Accepted June 21, 1983

Many of the traditional treatments for language intervention with mentally retarded adolescents are designed to remediate specific linguistic constructs. These treatment approaches do not, however, integrate linguistic constructs nor use materials that are appropriate for the age and socioemotional level of mentally retarded adolescents. This paper describes an innovative ecological approach to language intervention with moderately mentally retarded adolescents. The literature from normal language development and other ecological approaches serve as a rationale for the treatment design. This language intervention approach is designed to integrate all aspects of linguistic communication skills into a meaningful context which is appropriate for the age and socioemotional maturity of the students. A detailed description of the intervention program will be presented including examples of actual treatment plans and parent letters.

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