ERIC Number: ED167243
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Children with Special Needs in Day Care: A Guide to Integration (A Guide for Integrating Developmentally Delayed Children Into Regular Day Care Services).
National Inst. on Mental Retardation, Toronto (Ontario).
This handbook (written in English and French) provides guidelines for integrating children with special needs into regular day care programs and discusses the need for a network of social services for these children and their families. The guide explains (1) the rationale for mainstreaming and the advantages and disadvantages of categorizing special needs; (2) the main components of early developmental programs; (3) different forms mainstreaming can take and the major factors in instituting mainstreaming in a day care facility; and (4) how to structure a program for developmentally delayed children within a regular early childhood service and how to monitor the mainstreaming process. A checklist for assessing the quality of integrated preschool programs is included and examples are given of services (in addition to day care and preschool programs) which would comprise a total network of resources for children with special needs and their families. The guide concludes with a discussion of the directions in which service for handicapped children should go (e.g., inter-agency coordination). A resource section with references to printed and audiovisual materials and an appendix listing Canadian organizations for handicapped persons are included. (BH)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Canadian Association for the Mentally Retarded, Toronto (Ontario).
Authoring Institution: National Inst. on Mental Retardation, Toronto (Ontario).