Functional Communication Goals for Adolescents and Adults Who are Severely and Moderately Mentally Handicapped Developing functional communication goals for adolescents and adults who are mentally handicapped has been a challenge for speech-language pathologists. Due to differences in chronological age and mental age functioning, many "developmental" skills are inappropriate. A lack of generalization of these skills to real-life situations is often reported. This paper presents ... Research Article
Research Article  |   January 01, 1990
Functional Communication Goals for Adolescents and Adults Who are Severely and Moderately Mentally Handicapped
 
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  • Stephen P. Mire
    Terrebonne Parish School Board, Houma, LA
  • Rebecca Wise Chisholm
    St. Charles Parish School Board, Houma, LA
  • Requests for reprints should be sent to Stephen P. Mire, TARC, 1 McCord Road, Houma, LA 70363.
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Research Article   |   January 01, 1990
Functional Communication Goals for Adolescents and Adults Who are Severely and Moderately Mentally Handicapped
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, January 1990, Vol. 21, 57-58. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2101.57
History: Received February 23, 1989 , Accepted May 25, 1989
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, January 1990, Vol. 21, 57-58. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2101.57
History: Received February 23, 1989; Accepted May 25, 1989

Developing functional communication goals for adolescents and adults who are mentally handicapped has been a challenge for speech-language pathologists. Due to differences in chronological age and mental age functioning, many "developmental" skills are inappropriate. A lack of generalization of these skills to real-life situations is often reported. This paper presents goals to develop specific communication skills needed to function independently in the community. The goals are situation-specific, outcome-oriented, and were designed to teach functional skills elicited in natural environments.

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