Prelinguistic milieu teaching
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Evidence-Based Practices in Behavioral Health
InLang, R.; Hancock, B.T.; Singh, N.N. (ed.), Early intervention for young children with autism spectrum disorder, pp. 151-175
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Lang, R.; Hancock, B.T.; Singh, N.N. (ed.), Early intervention for young children with autism spectrum disorder
SubjectLearning and Plasticity
While most typically developing children learn to communicate without formal teaching, children with developmental disabilities are often delayed in the use of first words and may need guidance to learn how to communicate. Because prelinguistic communication (e.g., facial expressions, natural gestures, and vocalizations.) is seen as a foundation for spoken word production, helping children to develop their prelinguistic communication may facilitate acquisition of spoken language. This chapter explores Prelinguistic Milieu Teaching (PMT), an intervention designed to teach children to initiate nonverbal communication during social routines in their natural environment as a foundation for later spoken word production. First, the theoretical background of PMT, which is typically viewed as a transactional model is discussed. Then, the implementation of PMT is described and the available research reviewed. Finally, suggestions for further research and implications for practitioners are provided.
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