ERIC Number: ED035144
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Development of a Residential Education Program for Emotionally Deprived Pseudo-Retarded Blind Children, Volume I. Final Report.
Rigby, Mary E.; Woodcock, Charles C.
To design a residential school program for multiply handicapped blind children and to develop identifying procedures for prospects for this type of program, 15 children (ages 5 to 13, legally blind, educationally retarded, multiply handicapped) of both sexes were enrolled in a 12 month program. The curriculum was based on a systematic presentation of real experiences to build concepts, continual participation in physical activity, on sensory stimulation and the encouragement of social interaction, and on an adaptation of the Montessori method. The children were evaluated at the beginning and end of the program by a multi-disciplinary team. The results indicated that all children except one made some improvement with the younger children showing most progress. Self care skills and social skills were improved. Findings also suggested that a group of five would be the ideal size, grouping should be according to functional ability, parental visits and vacations are beneficial, records must be kept and consultants available for individual evaluations, personnel must be well trained and screened, and further study is needed in like programs. Case studies are presented in two volumes, EC 004 819. (Author/JM)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Oregon State School for the Blind, Salem.