Education & Treatment of Children
This pilot study evaluated the effectiveness of using an activity mini-schedule which divided a circle time activity into four sub-activities with four preschoolers who were deaf and had received cochlear implants. Often preschoolers with cochlear implants display difficulty directing attention to appropriate stimuli during large group activities (Chute & Nevins, 2003). It was hypothesized that the use of an activity mini-schedule would decrease inattention. Using a multiple baseline design across participants, an activity mini-schedule was introduced to each participant sequentially by a paraeducator who sat behind the children during circle time. Participants' behaviors were videotaped and coded. The introduction of an activity mini-schedule decreased inattention in all participants, yet individual outcomes varied. Although this study offers some evidence that activity mini-schedules may positively impact attention in young children, more research is needed.
Original Publication Citation
Raver, S. A., Hester, P., Michalek, A. M. P., Cho, D., & Anthony, N. (2013). Impact of an activity mini-schedule on the inattention of preschoolers with cochlear implants during a group activity. Education & Treatment of Children, 36(2), 15-32. doi:10.1353/etc.2013.0014
Raver, Sharon A.; Hester, Peggy; Michalek, Anne M.P.; Cho, Dana; and Anthony, Nicole, "Impact of an Activity Mini-Schedule on the Inattention of Preschoolers With Cochlear Implants During a Group Activity" (2013). Communication Disorders & Special Education Faculty Publications. 50.