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Pre-Professional Training in Mental Retardation. Final Report.
Lown, Irving C., Jr.
To interest students in mental retardation health services careers, 10 eligible prebaccalaureate students were selected to participate in a 10-week summer training program. The first 2 weeks involved orientation to informational and training aspects of mental retardation and exposure to the health services related disciplines of recreational and physical therapy. For the remaining 8 weeks, the students, five in physical and five in recreational therapy, were assigned to an area where no extensive programing of this kind was previously administered. Two cottages consisting of 126 female profoundly retarded residents received an intensive systematic stimulation and training program with supervision by professional representatives. Results indicated that the residents showed improvement in self care abilities, motor behavior and more mature social responsiveness. Evaluation of the students, involving an informational test on mental retardation and a 500-word essay offering a critique and subjective report of the work experience's effect on the students' career intentions, indicated involvement on the part of the students, a sense of professional identification, and acquisition of appropriate skills and attitudes. (Author/JD)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Career Opportunities, College Students, Exceptional Child Research, Health Services, Institutionalized Persons, Mental Retardation, Physical Therapy, Program Evaluation, Recreational Activities, Recruitment, Reinforcement, Severe Mental Retardation, Student Interests, Summer Programs, Work Experience Programs
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Arizona Children's Colony, Coolidge.