Communication between children and carers during mealtimes

Harding, C., Wade, C. & Harrison, K. (2012). Communication between children and carers during mealtimes. The Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, 13(4), pp. 242-250. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-3802.2012.01261.x

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Mealtimes provide an important opportunity for the development of independent skills, social interaction and language learning for children (Bowerman & Levinson, 2001).It is also a time where young children can learn to develop their oral motor skills by being introduced to new textures and tastes in a familiar and safe environment where caregivers can provide encouragement through use of visual modelling and verbal prompting (Aukhurst & Snow, 1998; Ferm et al, 2005). Communication during the meal may focus on developing independent eating and drinking skills, maintaining appropriate eating abilities or discussion of important events meaningful to the caregiver and the child (Aukhurst & Snow, 1998). This paper examines normal mealtime communication with six pre-school children aged between 0; 08 months and 3; 06 years of age. A normal pre-school population was selected to gain a baseline of the type of language caregivers would use with children who have developing language skills and who may also be using mainly preverbal communication. Gaining this information can provide valuable insight into natural communication during an everyday functional context.

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Additional Information: "This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Harding, C., Wade, C. and Harrison, K. (2013), Communication between children and carers during mealtimes. Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, 13: 242–250. doi:10.1111/j.1471-3802.2012.01261.x, which has been published in final form at DOI: 10.1111/j.1471-3802.2012.01261.x. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving."
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1303 Specialist Studies In Education
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education
Divisions: School of Health Sciences > Department of Language & Communication Science

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