ERIC Number: ED040557
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jun
Reference Count: 0
A Community Helper Program for Children with Behavioral and Learning Disorders. Final Report.
Smith, Donald C.
A community helper project involved 37 untrained volunteers in a one-to-one relationship with children manifesting behavioral and learning problems in school. Most volunteers were nominated by principals; all passed screening and all were women despite efforts for recruiting men. Seventy-four problem children, from grades 1 through 6, and not manifesting mental retardation or physical or sensory handicaps were identified. Mean age of experimentals was 9.2; controls were an average of 1 year older, but of similar class (low to upper middle) and intelligence (low to high average). Experimentals met for 22 interviews over 18 weeks with a helper: 13 controls received remedial tutoring or counseling; 24 controls received no special services. Ratings of behavior, personality, academic achievement, and intelligence indicated no significant differences between the groups. It was suggested that the treatment period be extended and need frequencies analyzed; also, it was recommended that selection procedures for subjects and volunteers be refined. Principals, teachers, and helpers all saw the program as effective. (Author/JD)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus.