ERIC Number: ED209827
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Model Preschool Programs in a Rural Setting: Toward a Service Continuum.
Richey, Dean; Welch, Larry
The paper describes the proposed Upper Cumberland Early Intervention Project (UCEIP), a project designed to serve 20 handicapped preschoolers a year over a 3 year period in rural Tennessee. The project involves continuation and expansion of two service delivery models for rural areas and is funded under the Developmental Disability Services Act, 1978. One of the two centers will utilize the Regional Intervention Program for Preschoolers and Parents model which is designed to provide short term (mean length of treatment 8 months) intervention assistance as an alternative to residential programs, and upon termination, to seek the least restrictive learning environment appropriate for the child. Characteristics of the model include parent implementation first with their own children and then in training other parents, modular organization, daily monitoring of child and parent performance, and a resource staff of professional consultants. The other center all utilize the Family, Infant and Toddler Project: Early Intervention with Rural Families with Retarded Children model. The model involves weekly training sessions with children and families who are trained to implement an educational program at home. Short range goals and objectives are set for implementation during a 3 month period of observation and discussion with parents at which time long term educational goals are established in the following domains: gross motor development, personal social skills, hearing and speech skills, nonverbal communications, eye-hand coordination skills, manipulation skills, cognition skills, and verbal and gestural imitation skills. Both models were originally funded through the Handicapped Children's Early Education Program and UCEIP will provide temporary funding while local funding, administrative, and transportation procedures are being established. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Family Infant Toddler Project; Regional Intervention Preschoolers Parents; Upper Cumberland Early Intervention
Note: Paper presented at the Annual International Convention of The Council for Exceptional Children (59th, New York, NY, April 12-17, 1981, Session W-62).