ERIC Number: ED176520
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Functional Skill Characteristics of Community-Bound Mentally Retarded Clients. Technical Report 79-06.
Grosek, Robert J.
Five mentally retarded adults from a residential population were placed into the community and rated on their performance in seven common functional domains, including physical, self help, and language skills. The minimal skill in each functional domain that was exhibited by the five clients were identified and compared with scores of 44 mentally retarded adult clients from a general population residing in an institution. It was found that the minimal scores obtained by the five community-bound clients were not unlike the average scores of the inpatient population. Furthermore, such skills as physical movement, receptive language, toileting, and feeding appeared to take precedence over other skills including dressing, grooming, and expressive language. Full attainment of the former skills appeared to be necessary for community placement while only partial attainment of the latter skills seemed to be sufficient. Data suggested that the habilitative planning that is intended to place a client into the community might best be directed at having the client acquire certain skills before others. (Author/SBH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Broome Developmental Center, Binghampton, NY.