ERIC Number: ED302979
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
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Training Parents of Developmentally Delayed Children in Rural Areas.
Hedge, Russell E.; Johnson, Willard L.
The report describes the program philosophy and accomplishments over the past decade of the Infant and Early Childhood Intervention Program (IECIP) of the Kansas University Affiliated Program (KUAP) at Parsons, Kansas, which has focused solely on delivering information and training to parents of developmentally delayed children. Topics discussed include the demographics of rural Southeast Kansas, the history of IECIP, basic premises for working with parents, program approach, practical approaches to parent training, and a description of IECIP services and support programs, including a respite care program. The IECIP program is compared with other programs along such parameters as personnel, services, acceptance criteria, cost per client, frequency and length of visits, and degree of program structure. The report concludes with a position statement which holds that early intervention and special education teachers and therapists who provide direct services to children simply cannot achieve the success that parents themselves can achieve in training developmentally delayed children. Furthermore, the report criticizes the proliferation of traditional, center-based preschools in response to the recent passage of Public Law 99-457, the Education of the Handicapped Act Amendments (1986) noting that the same systems now observed to be failing older developmentally delayed students will soon be implemented for children birth to 3 years of age. (JW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
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Identifiers: Early Intervention; Education of the Handicapped Act Amendments 1986