A Behavioral Approach to Language Generalization The problem of generalization continues to be a major issue in the search for effective approaches to language remediation. In this essay a broad-based behavioral approach to language generalization is presented. It is argued that such an approach is warranted because of the complexities involved in the learning and use ... Clinical Forum
Clinical Forum  |   July 01, 1988
A Behavioral Approach to Language Generalization
 
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  • Steven F. Warren is in the Department of Special Education, Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN. Requests for reprints may be sent to him at this address.
    Steven F. Warren is in the Department of Special Education, Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN. Requests for reprints may be sent to him at this address.×
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Clinical Forum
Clinical Forum   |   July 01, 1988
A Behavioral Approach to Language Generalization
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 1988, Vol. 19, 292-303. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.1903.292
History: Received March 5, 1987 , Accepted September 3, 1987
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 1988, Vol. 19, 292-303. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.1903.292
History: Received March 5, 1987; Accepted September 3, 1987

The problem of generalization continues to be a major issue in the search for effective approaches to language remediation. In this essay a broad-based behavioral approach to language generalization is presented. It is argued that such an approach is warranted because of the complexities involved in the learning and use of language. Generalization is viewed as a critical dimension of the learning process that is affected by basic cognitive processes, behavioral learning strategies, environmental variables, and the child's present knowledge base. Different types of language generalization are defined. These distinctions reflect the multifaceted and interactive nature of the language system. Implications of this behavioral approach for the study of language generalization and for application of a "systems approach" to intervention are discussed.

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