ERIC Number: ED242131
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
New Friends: Mainstreaming Activities to Help Young Children Understand and Accept Individual Differences.
Heekin, Shelley, Ed.; Mengel, Patricia, Ed.
The booklet describes the New Friends approach to mainstreaming young handicapped students. The approach focuses on the understanding and acceptance of individual differences through introduction of life-sized dolls with disabilities. Seven units are presented, each with notes to the teacher, discussion guidelines, lists of frequently asked questions and answers, sample scripts for introducing each doll, activity ideas, and resources. Activities may be appropriate for playgrounds, interest centers, and small group learning. The units focus on the following topics (sample activities in parentheses): concepts of similarities and differences among people (self awareness activities); visual impairments (different ways of seeing, using other senses); hearing impairments (simulation of hearing loss, learning about sign language); physical impairments (obstacle course, simulation, hospital play); communication difficulties (communicating without speech); learning disabilities and mental retardation (mirror images); and emotional problems (problem solving). Appended information includes suggestions for making the various dolls and information and selected readings on young children and disabilities. (CL)
Descriptors: Communication Disorders, Disabilities, Early Childhood Education, Emotional Disturbances, Hearing Impairments, Learning Activities, Learning Disabilities, Mainstreaming, Mental Retardation, Peer Acceptance, Peer Relationship, Physical Disabilities, Simulation, Student Attitudes, Visual Impairments, Young Children
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Chapel Hill Training-Outreach Project, NC.
Identifiers: New Friends Program