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St. Michaels language unit : a ten year study, 1977-1986

posted on 2023-05-26, 18:37 authored by Merrington, Pamela(Pamela Mary)
This is a longitudinal survey of 10 children chosen from a total group of 53 who attended St. Michaels Language Unit (for pre-school age language disordered children) at some time during the ten year period between 1977 and 1986. Interviews have been conducted with each child, the child's parents, teachers and the school principal. Relatively similar patterns emerge. It has been found that most of the students can be integrated into mainstream classes and families are generally happy with the child's attendance at a regular school. It is common, however for the children to be characterized by oral communication, reading, writing and spelling difficulties and by ineffective social communication skills. Most children continue to require careful monitoring and remediation throughout their school days. As young adults they generally lead happy and productive lives (usually in employment) although presenting as 'a little slow' . Without a control group, it is difficult to judge the relative success of students who have had experience in the Language Unit. The performance of these students is described along with British provisions which are similar and also lead to longitudinal studies. Opportunity exists for further research study.


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Copyright 1988 the Author - The University is continuing to endeavour to trace the copyright owner(s) and in the meantime this item has been reproduced here in good faith. We would be pleased to hear from the copyright owner(s). Thesis (M.Ed.Stud.)-University of Tasmania, 1989. Bibliography: leaves [203]-214

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