ERIC Number: ED024163
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Apr
Reference Count: 0
A Pilot Approach to the Education of First Grade Public School Children with Problems in Bodily Schema, Perceptual-Motor and/or Language Development. Final Report.
Sapir, Selma G.
Fifty-four kindergarten children were screened with the Sapir Developmental Scale to highlight deficiencies in bodily schema, perceptual motor skills, and language development, and were matched in groups of three by score, chronological age, and sex with one of the three acting as control. Three first grade classes were organized as follows: one experimental with 12 deficit children using a deficit centered training curriculum; one experimental with 24 normal children using a traditional curriculum; one control with six deficit children and 12 normal children using a traditional curriculum. The children were given a battery of psychodiagnostic tests in the fall and spring of the first grade. The results clearly favored the deficit children in the experimental class with significant differences in mean change in Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children scores (p=.05), in visual perception and language functioning (p=.01), and in perceptual motor skills (p<.05). Important changes were also noted for the same groups in auditory-visual integration and visual perception, and in language development, particularly in expressive areas. Little difference was seen in the measurement of academic achievement. Performance favored the normal experimental group but without significant differences. (Author/SN)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Auditory Perception, Discrimination Learning, Exceptional Child Research, Experimental Programs, Experimental Teaching, Expressive Language, Grade 1, Language, Language Acquisition, Learning Disabilities, Perception, Perceptual Development, Perceptual Motor Learning, Screening Tests, Sensory Integration, Teaching Methods, Visual Perception
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Scarsdale Union Free School District 1, NY.; Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Teachers College.