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Paul Yoder receives AAIDD 2013 Research Award

Updated on 6/21/2013 2:30:14 PM.

By: Elizabeth Turner

Since 1986, Yoder has conducted investigations on social and organismic influences on individual differences in communication and language development of children with intellectual/developmental disabilities (IDD) that have contributed greatly to that knowledge base. His work has been published and presented extensively in the U.S., Europe, and Turkey. He was among the first to demonstrate that questions following the child’s conversational topic facilitate children’s conversational participation. Similarly, his work showed that directives continuing the child’s attentional focus facilitated engagement and language development and were not inhibitory. This work led to important comparisons indicating that a treatment including communication prompts that continued a child’s topic of engagement, communication, and conversation (Milieu Teaching) were superior in facilitating early vocabulary and semantic relation development compared to treatments that responded only to children’s communication acts.

The AAIDD Research Award was presented at the 137th AAIDD Annual Meeting in June in Pittsburgh.

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