ERIC Number: ED381303
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Mar
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Replicating Successful Early Intervention in Rural Areas: Model Program Description.
Johnson, JoAnn; Whipple, Wendy
This paper describes a project to train service providers in replicating the Home Activity Program for Parents and Youngsters (HAPPY). HAPPY is a family-focused program developed to meet the educational needs of disabled children ages birth through 5 years in rural Nevada. Content of the training modules was developed from a review of literature and training materials, professionals' experiences, needs assessments, initial training surveys, and informal interviews with training participants. The seven training modules include: (1) home visiting strategies, including information on family dynamics, family guided care, and grief responses; (2) information on parental participation in child assessment and program development; (3) service coordination principles and dimensions, roles of the family and professionals in service coordination, and program implementation; (4) consultative therapy, including defining team building and its processes and identifying stages of team development; (5) an overview of assessment emphasizing screening, diagnostics, and programmatic assessment and intervention methods; (6) instruction in the use of the HAPPY computer software, including its installation and features; and (7) mechanics for creating individualized training tapes. This paper also addresses how adult learning strategies (concrete experiences, reflective observation, abstract conceptualization, and active experimentation) can be incorporated into the training modules. (LP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Nevada; Program Replication; Service Providers
Note: In: Reaching to the Future: Boldly Facing Challenges in Rural Communities. Conference Proceedings of the American Council on Rural Special Education (ACRES) (Las Vegas, Nevada, March 15-18, 1995); see RC 020 016.