ERIC Number: ED205364
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jul-1
Reference Count: 0
Project Family Link I. Year III Final Report, July 1, 1979 through June 30, 1980.
Texas Tech Univ., Lubbock.
Home-based intervention, using paraprofessional teachers and the concept of "parent as teacher," was provided by this 3-year project (1977-1980) for handicapped children aged birth through 4 and their families in 10 rural West Texas counties comprising approximately 9,100 square miles, with 14 to 20 people per square mile. Most families served (year I, 16 children; year II, 38; year III, 26) were low income, somewhat migratory, and predominantly Mexican American. Based on the Portage (Wisconsin) Project Model, Project Family Link was adapted to the area to: (1) promote positive interactions between parents and children; (2) provide new skills and knowledge for parents; (3) coordinate efforts of support agencies; (4) provide training for graduate students; (5) facilitate transition of children from home or preschool into the "least restrictive" environment; (6) demonstrate effectiveness of project components and disseminate innovative approaches; and (7) promote replication or adaptation of the model. The project also used Family Albums, scrapbooks to document family experiences in the project, and Family Days, informative get-togethers to involve family and friends of the children. Appendices include an evaluation plan, Family Day agendas, a newsletter, linking agencies, final report form, diagnostic and assessment data, and Family Day evaluation results. (AW)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Disabilities, Early Childhood Education, Family Involvement, Home Instruction, Home Programs, Home Visits, Information Dissemination, Low Income, Mainstreaming, Mexican Americans, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Preschool Education, Program Evaluation, Rural Areas, Social Agencies, Special Education, Student Development, Student Evaluation, Teacher Education
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Education for the Handicapped (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Texas Tech Univ., Lubbock.
Identifiers: Portage Project; Texas (West)
Note: Some pages may be marginally legible due to poor print quality.