ERIC Number: ED028472
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Feb
Reference Count: 0
An Innovative Approach Utilizing a Pupil Personnel-Medical Team for the Early Detection and Prevention of Pupil Problems.
Goldstein, Sanford; Coleman, Raymond
There is increasing evidence that early detection of children's handicaps, whether social, physical or academic, leads to better adjustments when the problems are treated. More coordination and long range planning regarding early detection of problems should be considered at the elementary school level. In this study, an elementary guidance counselor and a pediatrician were added to the staff of the pupil personnel team of an elementary school. Data was also collected for a control school so that referral patterns, staffing patterns, service functions and outcomes could be compared. Certain trends have become evident: (1) teachers can become sensitized to early identification of student problems; (2) the pediatrician has a valuable contribution to make, aiding the teacher in the understanding of children; (3) a full time elementary guidance counselor helps coordinate the personnel team, adds to the teacher's sensitivity of pupil problems, and helps move the mental health program towards the individual child; (4) the personnel team can have immediate relevance with suggestions for the teacher of the problem child; (5) parents are willing to become involved if given the opportunity; and (6) use of substitute teachers enhances the classroom teachers involvement. (JS)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New York State Education Dept., Albany. Div. of Research.
Authoring Institution: Penfield Central School District, NY.