ERIC Number: ED337994
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Project Dakota: Early Intervention--Tailor Made. Revised.
Kjerland, Linda; Eide, Kathleen Corrigan
This booklet presents principles of Project DAKOTA, a demonstration project to provide services to infants and young children with disabilities via their families and community. Project goals are listed, including a focus on those needs considered essential by parents and the use of natural settings and resources for intervention. Guidelines are listed that enable parents to be involved at all steps of the intervention process. The document encourages the utilization of family and community resources, with staff resources seen as a supplement. The choice of a transdisciplinary team structure is suggested because of its portability, potential for staff development, better continuity of services, and holistic view of the child. A chart contrasts the traditional individualistic style of service delivery versus the transdisciplinary family/community-centered approach of this project. Finally, the project's five steps are summarized, including: (1) planning the assessment with families; (2) planning the assessment with staff; (3) assessment; (4) discussing the assessment; and (5) determining goals, strategies, and service settings. Among evaluation findings are: 83 percent of goals concerning child change were originated by parents; 100 percent of infants and preschoolers had weekly contact with nondelayed peers; and children gained an average of 10 days/month over and above gains predicted by pre-program developmental rates. (DB)
Descriptors: Demonstration Programs, Disabilities, Early Intervention, Evaluation Methods, Family Programs, Goal Orientation, Home Programs, Infants, Interdisciplinary Approach, Needs Assessment, Parent Education, Parent Participation, Preschool Education, Program Descriptions, Teamwork, Young Children
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC. Handicapped Children's Early Education Program.
Authoring Institution: Dakota, Inc., Eagan, MN.
Identifiers: Minnesota (Dakota County); Project Dakota MN
Note: For related documents, see EC 300 734-735.