ERIC Number: ED232344
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Aug-27
Reference Count: 0
Assessing Sensorimotor Functioning in Preschool Orthopedically Handicapped Children.
Brinker, Richard P.
The paper describes approaches used to assess preverbal or nonverbal orthopedically handicapped infants. The first section describes a conceptual approach to development that differs from the normative approach. The conceptual development model emphasizes developmental structures rather than successive cumulative acquisitions of behavior. This approach is merged with the "methode critique," which consists iof asking questions about the child's spontaneous modes of interaction with the environment. The combined approach is illustrated in a case study of a severely retarded 3-year-old boy with severe motor delays. Sensorimotor assessment of an infant with severe orthopedic handicaps is then considered, and a microcomputer is used to program consequences of behavior and provide ongoing behavior analysis. Alternative approaches to sensorimotor assessment are reviewed, and the importance of maintaining a broad ecological perspective in assessment is emphasized. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (90th, Washington, DC, August 23-27, 1982).