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ERIC Number: ED001356
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1964-Apr
Pages: 133
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CURRICULUM GUIDE, TRAINABLE RETARDED PROGRAM.
BENTLEY, EDITH; AND OTHERS
THE GUIDE IS AN ATTEMPT TO HELP BEGINNING TEACHERS OF THE SEVERELY MENTALLY RETARDED. THE UNDERLYING PHILOSOPHY IS THAT SPECIAL EDUCATION SHOULD BE ORGANIZED TO EDUCATE THE EXCEPTIONAL CHILD TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF HIS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITIES WHILE INVOLVING THE HOME, SCHOOL, AND COMMUNITY SIMULTANEOUSLY. IT IS NOTED THAT THE SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER SHOULD RECOGNIZE INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES AND CREATE A SCHOOL PROGRAM WITH THESE DIFFERENCES IN MIND. INFORMATION COLLECTED ABOUT THE CULTURE, FAMILY LIFE AND FEELINGS OF EACH PUPIL CAN BE USED AS A BACKGROUND FOR THEIR EDUCATIONAL WORLD. ADMISSION TO THE PROGRAM IS DECIDED BY A COMMITTEE AFTER EVALUATION OF THE PSYCHOLOGICAL, SOCIAL, EDUCATIONAL, AND MEDICAL BACKGROUND OF THE CHILD. BECAUSE NOT ALL SEVERELY RETARDED CHILDREN ARE READY TO ADJUST TO A SCHOOL PROGRAM, PLACEMENT IS ON A TRIAL BASIS. THE GOALS ARE TO HELP THE CHILD LEARN THE BASIC SELF HELP TASKS SUCH AS EATING, DRESSING AND CLEANING, TO TEACH HIM HOW TO PROTECT HIMSELF FROM COMMON DANGERS IN THE HOME, SCHOOLS, AND COMMUNITY, TO PROVIDE HIM WITH ADEQUATE SOCIAL COMPETENCIES, TO ENHANCE HIS ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE, AND TO HELP HIM ACHIEVE A MEASURE OF ECONOMIC USEFULNESS AND TO BECOME AS INDEPENDENT AS POSSIBLE. FOR THE PROGRAM TO BE MORE THAN CUSTODIAL CARE, THE USE OF THE TEAM APPROACH, A STRUCTURED ENVIRONMENT, AND POSITIVE ATTITUDES ARE GREATLY STRESSED. CURRICULUM OUTLINES ARE PRESENTED FOR BEGINNING, PRIMARY AND INTERMEDIATE GROUPS. AREAS AND ACTIVITIES FOR LEARNING ARE CORRELATED WITH INSTRUCTIONAL AIDS AND SUGGESTIONS. CURRICULUM IN THE TERMINAL OR SECONDARY PROGRAM IS DIVIDED INTO FOUR PHASES--THE SCHOOL PROGRAM AND HOME, THE TERMINAL-SECONDARY PROGRAM AND ACTIVITY, THE TERMINAL-SECONDARY PROGRAM AND TRAINING CENTER, AND THE TERMINATION OF THE SCHOOL PROGRAM. CONTINUOUS EFFORT SHOULD BE MADE WITH PERSONAL APPEARANCE, HEALTH AND HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS, SAFETY RULES, AND THE USE AND IDENTIFICATION OF MONEY, TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT.
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Authoring Institution: Stockton Unified School District, CA.
Identifiers: CALIFORNIA; California (Stockton)