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ERIC Number: ED015304
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Jun
Pages: 64
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THE FEASIBILITY OF TRAINING NON-SKILLED PERSONNEL TO ASSIST PROFESSIONAL STAFF IN THE CARE AND TREATMENT OF MENTALLY RETARDED CHILDREN, A CHILD WELFARE DEMONSTRATION PROJECT. FINAL REPORT.
Retarded Infants Services, Inc., New York, NY.
A 12-WEEK TRAINING PROGRAM WAS DEVELOPED TO PREPARE NONPROFESSIONAL PERSONNEL TO SERVE MENTAL RETARDATES IN THE AREAS OF HOMEMAKING AND CHILD CARE, PHYSICAL MEDICINE AND NURSING CARE, SPEECH THERAPY, PLAY ACTIVITY, AND AUXILIARY MATERNAL CARE. RECRUITMENT WAS THROUGH NEWSPAPER ANNOUNCEMENT, THE RETARDED INFANTS SERVICE REFERRAL AGENCIES, POVERTY AND YOUTH EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMS, VOCATIONAL GUIDANCE COUNSELORS IN HIGH SCHOOLS, AND SPECIAL GUIDANCE COUNSELORS FOR HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUTS. FIFTY OF THE 52 APPLICANTS ACCEPTED WERE WOMEN, THE MAJORITY MEMBERS OF MINORITY GROUPS. EIGHTY-SEVEN PERCENT COMPLETED THE PROGRAM, AND 73 PERCENT WERE EMPLOYED, 69 PERCENT IN MENTAL RETARDATION OR RELATED AREAS. THEIR MEAN INCOME WAS $66 PER WEEK. PRACTICALLY ALL OF THE TRAINEES WERE GIVEN POSITIVE OVERALL EVALUATIONS BY THEIR EMPLOYING AGENCIES. IN GENERAL, THEY SCORED HIGHEST IN MOTIVATION AND COMMITMENT, SOCIAL BEHAVIOR, AND INTERPERSONAL SKILLS, AND SOMEWHAT LOWER IN LEVEL OF KNOWLEDGE, INITIATIVE, RESOURCEFULNESS, AND PUNCTUALITY. IT WAS RECOMMENDED THAT (1) APPLICANTS BE CHOSEN WHO HAVE BOTH MAXIMAL PERSONAL ASSETS AND LIMITED ACCESS TO BETTER-PAYING, HIGHER-STATUS POSITIONS, (2) TEACHING BE SPECIFIC, CONCRETE, DRAMATIC, AND RELIANT UPON THE SENSORY RATHER THAN THE INTELLECTUAL, AND (3) TRAINING CONTAIN ELEMENTS OF A THERAPEUTIC MILIEU. A DESCRIPTION OF THE TRAINING, PLACEMENT AND EVALUATION INSTRUMENTS, BIBLIOGRAPHY OF AUDIOVISUAL AIDS, A LIST OF COOPERATING AGENCIES, SELECTED JOB DESCRIPTIONS, AND A GRADUATION CERTIFICATE ARE INCLUDED. (JK)
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Authoring Institution: Retarded Infants Services, Inc., New York, NY.
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