ERIC Number: ED033764
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
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The Design of a Pre-School "Learning Laboratory" in a Rehabilitation Center.
The educational philosophy and medical setting of a preschool program in a rehabilitation center for handicapped children are presented in this monograph. Children with diverse physical, mental, and behavioral problems are served by the Center, which emphasizes development of each child's potential within the limits of his disabilities. The basic physical design is described and illustrated, showing units for adult use, including an observation room for parents and staff, and children's features such as a window unit, handrail, and housekeeping unit. There are photographs of the children using specially designed equipment consisting of circular work tables, a carpentry table, and sand and water tables used by wheelchair-bound children. There are adjustable easels that allow small children and children without arms to paint. A child can work alone or be tutored at the "isolation table". Emphasis is placed on the quality of the staff and a high teacher-child ratio. It is concluded that teachers must have theoretical and practical knowledge of normal children's learning and behavior before evaluating and educating handicapped children. (DR)
Descriptors: Educational Equipment, Educational Objectives, Exceptional Child Education, Facilities, Handicapped Children, Learning Experience, Physical Disabilities, Preschool Education, Program Descriptions, Special Programs, Teacher Characteristics
Publication Office, Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, 400 East 34 Street, New York, New York 10016 ($3.00, checks payable to N.Y. University Medical Center)
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Authoring Institution: New York Univ., NY. Inst. of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.