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ERIC Number: ED171020
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Pages: 30
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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Bernie: Parts I [and] II. A Four-Year Psychoeducational Intervention in a Therapeutic Preschool and a Public School Class for Autistic Children.
Wallick, Mollie Marcus; Boudreaux, Mary Verlander
Two teachers recount the 2 years they each spent teaching an autistic 9-year-old boy named Bernie. The first teacher reviews Bernie's life history, reporting the facts of his birth and followup examinations which revealed no medical abnormality. The teacher then describes her work with Bernie at the Therapeutic Nursery School. After an initial adjustment period, Bernie is described as beginning to accept contact, and allowing such activities as having his stomach rubbed and gentle blowing on his neck and face. It is explained that the major successful intervention therapy used was simultaneous communication, which was introduced in the second year. This approach, introduced after eye contact had been established, is described as having a remarkable impact on Bernie's speech. The second teacher elaborates on the subsequent 2 years in which Bernie's education continued at a public elementary school in a class for autistic children. The class setting and procedures are outlined and the development of self care and academic skills is explained. Behavior modification techniques to control such behaviors as tantrums and hand flapping are discussed. The use of simultaneous communication, which had been continued from the nursery, was now eliminated it is explained. The teacher records that Bernie began to read and do simple math. (PHR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual International Convention, The Council for Exceptional Children (57th, Dallas, Texas, April 22-27, 1979, Session T-33)