Washington University School of Medicine
Independent Studies and Capstones
Program in Audiology and Communication
The importance of parental involvement in
language acquisition and activities and techniques
to enhance the home-school connection
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THE IMPORTANCE OF PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT
IN LANGUAGE ACQUISITION AND
ACTIVITIES AND TECHNIQUES
TO ENHANCE THE HOME-SCHOOL CONNECTION
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
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.
Meghan M. Cole
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.
“Successful children come from committed parents.”
Easterbrooks and Baker, 2002, p. 84
Table of Contents
Findings: Literature Review
Findings: Developmental Domains
Introduction to the Language Bags
References for Language Bags
Appendix A: Parent-Teacher Communication Page
Appendix B: Language Bag Contents and Instructions
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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