ERIC Number: ED331192
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Horticultural Training for Adolescent Special Education Students.
Airhart, Douglas L.; And Others
Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture, v2 p17-22 Nov 1987
A horticultural training program was developed in conjunction with a prevocational program designed for students with limited ability to perform in a normal high school setting due to moderate intellectual impairment or socialization problems. Prior appraisal by the job developer of a client's adaptability to the program was required to provide realistic expectations of progress. A clear statement of the training objectives was combined with a detailed task analysis of the activities suggested for each client. Demonstrations and short, direct instructional cues were used to initiate job skill sequences. A structured work routine similar to a sheltered workshop was followed to instill confidence and avoid confusion. Clients also had to practice living skills such as taking public transportation to and from the worksite and interacting with visitors. Benefits included improved self-sufficiency and self-image. The program provides an alternative job skill training worksite for special education clients to which the job developer has continued to refer clients. Additional special schools have become affiliated with the horticultural training program. Contains 21 references. (BRM)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Agricultural Occupations, Cooperative Education, Developmental Disabilities, High Schools, Horticulture, Job Training, Mental Retardation, Occupations, Prevocational Education, Self Concept, Supervised Occupational Experience (Agriculture), Vocational Education, Work Experience Programs
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Horticulture Therapy
Note: For related documents, see EC 232 668-669.