FOSTERING ENGLISH VOCABULARY MASTERY TO AUTISTIC 190 STUDENTS THROUGH SPEECH THERAPY

Farid Noor Romadlon, Gudnanto Gudnanto

Abstract


The opportunity to get a good education is also provided for children with special needs (autistic children). One of the abilities given to autistic students is the ability to communicate in English based on the student‘s condition. Children with special needs (autism) also have similar abilities to normal children in learning English. The difference is the service and the duration of time in achieving the target of learning goals in autistic students. In the process of teaching and learning in schools for disabled students, students are difficult to be motivated when learning English and personal treatment for each student is less so they cannot get maximum skill. This study is to describe the implementation of Speech Therapy in English teaching of autistic students, SMP LB Sunan Muria and to know the effectiveness of Speech Therapy in improving autistic students‘ English vocabularies. The study showed some points as the results. In using Speech Therapy, teacher broke it down into some stages of teaching. They were drilling known as Primata or direct interaction which teacher exposed a story orally and ask students to repeat word to word. Academic modification was done to simplify the material given to the students so they understood it easily. Media assistance was intensively involved to foster students‘ understanding, pronunciation, and visualization. The last treatment in teaching was giving reward to students so they kept motivated to do the activity and to study. The therapy resulted positive progress from the students and this technique is effective to improve English vocabularies of autistic students.


Keywords


English vocabularies, Autistic students, Speech Therapy

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