ERIC Number: ED051604
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Aug
Reference Count: 0
A Sampling of Progress Achieved by Trainable Mentally Retarded Persons Enrolled in Community Centered Programs in the State of Colorado.
Griffith, Marlin S.
The study evaluated progress made by trainable mentally retarded (TMR) persons in community centered programs, which allow them to remain with their families and in the community rather than being institutionalized. Evaluated were two experimental groups numbering 12 and 22 persons (mean ages 10 years 7 months and 10 years 2 months) who had been enrolled in two different community centered programs for 1-6 years (mean of 3 years), and a control group of 20 subjects (mean age 9 years 9 months) waiting to be enrolled. The TMR Performance Profile, a descriptive behavioral measure, was used to assess subjects' abilities in five major areas of daily activities: social behavior, self-care, communication, basic knowledge, and body usage. Both experimental groups scored significantly higher than the control group in all areas except self-care, in which only one experimental group scored significantly higher. It is concluded that systematic training programs as exemplified by the community centered concept significantly improve the skills and functioning of the TMR and that the development of such community centered programs is justified. (KW)
Publication Type: N/A
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Sponsor: Bureau of Elementary and Secondary Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Colorado Univ., Boulder.