ERIC Number: ED087142
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Rehabilitation of Families at Risk for Mental Retardation. December 1972-Progress Report.
Heber, Rick; And Others
A longitudinal study of 20 experimental and 20 control preschool children identified at birth as being at high risk of suffering cultural-familial mental retardation is nearing completion. Ss (identified from a low income Milwaukee area) all have mothers with IQs below 75 and are of Negro extraction. The experimental intervention is composed of two components: a maternal rehabilitation program and an infant intervention program. Mothers are provided with adult education classes in basic academic subjects after which an occupational training program to teach specific vocational skills is offered. The infant program commences at 3-months of age and continues at a 5 day a week, year round program until the child enters school. Program characteristics include pairing of each infant with one consistent mothering figure and emphases on perceptual motor and cognitive areas. Children 3, 4, and 5-years-old receive instruction in language, reading, math/problem solving, as well as free choice activities. Preliminary findings indicate mean IQ scores of 127 for experimental Ss versus 92 for controls, better language abilities by experimental Ss, more mother-child verbal interactions by experimental Ss, and improved attitudes of experimental mothers. The final report of the program's effectiveness is to be published after the children have reached 7 years of age and spent some time in public school. (DB)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Social and Rehabilitation Service (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Regional Rehabilitation Research and Training Center in Mental Retardation.
Identifiers: Infant Stimulation; Wisconsin (Milwaukee)