parental involvement in childhood development

Topics: Linguistics, Language acquisition, Hearing impairment Pages: 124 (28240 words) Published: April 10, 2014
Washington University School of Medicine

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Program in Audiology and Communication
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2008

The importance of parental involvement in
language acquisition and activities and techniques
to enhance the home-school connection
Meghan Cole

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THE IMPORTANCE OF PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT
IN LANGUAGE ACQUISITION AND
ACTIVITIES AND TECHNIQUES
TO ENHANCE THE HOME-SCHOOL CONNECTION

by
Meghan Cole

An Independent Study Submitted in Partial Fulfillment
of Requirements for the Degree of:
Master of Science in Deaf Education

Washington University School of Medicine
Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences

May 16, 2008

Approved by:
Lynda Berkowitz, M.S., Independent Study Advisor

Abstract: This study discusses the importance of parental involvement in children’s language development, and the related project offers parents books and activities to assist them in developing their children’s linguistic skills.

Copyright by:
Meghan M. Cole
May 2008

Cole

Acknowledgements:

I would like to thank my advisor, Lynda Berkowitz, for her inspiration and assistance in completing this Independent Study project. I would also like to thank the pre-kindergarten department at the Central Institute for the Deaf for their generous contribution of resources.

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“Successful children come from committed parents.”
Easterbrooks and Baker, 2002, p. 84

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Table of Contents

Introduction

2

Purpose

4

Methods

5

Findings: Literature Review

6

Findings: Developmental Domains

16

Conclusion

20

References

21

Introduction to the Language Bags

24

References for Language Bags

26

Appendix A: Parent-Teacher Communication Page

28

Appendix B: Language Bag Contents and Instructions

30

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Introduction
The most important factors necessary for any child to acquire oral language are listening activities, language instruction, communication strategies, consistent amplification, and family support (http://www.agbell.org). For centuries, people have sought to teach language and academic skills to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. This is a specialized skill for families and teachers because these individuals require unique and specific instruction. The main goal has consistently been to figure out the best way for people who are deaf or hard of hearing to communicate. Determining a means of communication is the greatest priority. From there, forms and uses of language can be learned. Easterbrooks and Baker (2002, pp. 26, 36) proposed that communication is learned and shared within the cultural contexts of the family, and that it will not develop normally without these pragmatic and social contexts in place. Their point is that families are an integral part of language development; they represent the child’s first and foremost means to access language. Gunning (2007) reiterated this point by claiming that achieving educational outcomes (regarding literacy specifically) cannot be done only at school. He maintained that it is a responsibility shared by...

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