Cognitive-developmental training with elevated boards and sign language

  • Arnold Miller
  • Eileen Eller Miller


A study is presented to describe cognitive-developmental training involving use of connected boards elevated 3 to 6 feet above the ground together with special language signs. The subjects, 12 boys and 7 girls, were mute autistic children. Thirteen were in residential treatment and 6 attended day school. Signs were systematically paired with appropriate spoken words which all children learned to understand. Also, all learned to initiate signs to achieve desired objects or goals. The day school children, a younger group, achieved significantly greater expressive use of signs and words than residential school children. Two children, whose case histories are summarized, made the transition from signs to expressive spoken language. The training program is discussed in some detail.


Training Program School Child Mute Case History Young Group 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Arnold Miller
    • 1
  • Eileen Eller Miller
    • 1
  1. 1.Language and Cognitive Development CenterBoston

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