ERIC Number: ED171024
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Considerations for Integration of Physically Handicapped and Non-Handicapped Preschool Children.
Cormack, Elizabeth O.
Eight physically handicapped (blind, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, or genetic defect) preschool children and eight children with normal sensory motor abilities (mean age of both groups 3 1/2 years) participated in a preschool demonstration project designed to promote equal educational and social experiences in an integrated preschool through the use of environmental adaptation and multisensory media. Independent mobility, developmental skill levels, and number and quality of peer interactions were measured. The surroundings were designed to promote independent mobility and peer interaction and included a number of sitting and working options, such as bolsters, and carpet squares, as well as floor level easels and tables of various shapes and heights. Results of the assessment indicated increased social interactions, accelerated developmental rates, and improved independence. (PHR)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Blindness, Cerebral Palsy, Congenital Impairments, Developmental Stages, Educational Experience, Environmental Influences, Mainstreaming, Peer Influence, Perceptual Motor Learning, Physical Disabilities, Preschool Education, Program Descriptions, Social Experience
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Spina Bifida
Note: Paper presented at the Annual International Convention, The Council for Exceptional Children (57th, Dallas, Texas, April 22-27, 1979, Session T-59)