ERIC Number: ED040749
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Dec
Reference Count: 0
An Educational System for Developmentally Disabled Infants.
Meier, John; Segner, Leslie
This paper examines the developmental problems of the environmentally disadvantaged in light of recent research; makes a case for intervention during infancy, and attempts to specify some concrete details of a curriculum for an Infant Educational System (IES). A rationale for infant education is presented and a vast amount of literature related to the problem of compensatory programs is reviewed. Much of this literature indicates the necessity of extremely early intervention (e.g. the irreversibility of the effects of early deprivation and the socioeconomic class differences in intellectual functioning found by 18 months of age). It is suggested that on the basis of research findings, the rationale and techniques for constructing a curriculum based on the development of an individualized instruction program are quite appropriate for the design of an IES curriculum arranged according to a series of developmental levels. It is specifically recommended that the infant's environment be carefully and scientifically structured through the use of autotelic stimulation. Also stressed are the importance of the learning facilitator (parent) and the importance of training parents to encourage infants' development. [Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of original document.] (MH)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Colorado Univ., Denver. Medical Center.
Identifiers: Infant Stimulation
Note: Paper presented at the International Conference of the Council for Exceptional Children, New Orleans, December, 1969