ERIC Number: ED055381
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Sep
Reference Count: 0
The Training of Parents of Profoundly and Severely Mentally Retarded Children in Handling Behavior at Home. Final Report.
Described is a project in which parents of profoundly and severely mentally retarded children were taught techniques of operant conditioning to be used in training their children in self help skills such as feeding, toileting, and dressing, with the end goal of reducing the anxiety level of parents. Involved were 25 parents whose children were on the waiting list for admission to the Colin Anderson Center, a West Virginia state institution for the retarded. After a 3-day workshop on the fundamentals of operant conditioning, parents kept progress recordings of their daily work at home training their child in a particular self help skill for 1 month. Then each parent met with the investigator of the project to discuss the training and to have filmed the parent's demonstration of how they taught their children. Following evaluation of the filmed technique, parents returned home to work with their child for another month on the same or another skill. With the help of films made of parent demonstrations after the second month, parents recognized the progress which they and their children had made. Included in the report are five uneditied parental descriptions of how they trained their child on dressing and toilet training skills. (KW)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Elementary and Secondary Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: West Virginia Univ., Nitro. Kanawha Valley Graduate Center.