ERIC Number: ED050533
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Reference Count: 0
Evaluation of an Early Intervention Program for Neurologically Impaired Children and Their Families.
Wieder, Daniel; Hicks, John
The final project report evaluates services to young infants and their parents in an early intervention program for neurologically handicapped (cerebral palsied) children. Following a general report of the 1969-70 activities, evidence from evaluation research in three areas is presented. Studied were the effects of group therapy on the parents of infants, the effects of the program on the emotional adjustment of the parents and their attitudes toward raising children, and effects of the program on the physical, social-emotional, and intellectual development of the 23 children, ages 9-44 months, who participated in the intervention program two mornings per week. Evidence suggested that in general the parents became less apprehensive and more self-assured in their reactions. Adjustment to the crippled child appeared to be more difficult for the mother than the father, and mothers had more need of counseling services. The program was more successful in affecting the adjustment and attitudes of mothers than fathers. Positive shifts were recorded in mothers' attitudes toward the child's disability and toward themselves. Pre- and posttesting with the Children's Developmental schedule, an experimental rating scale, showed significant growth in the areas of physical, social and emotional, and intellectual growth in one of the two groups of children. (KW)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Foundation for Child Development, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: United Cerebral Palsy of Queens, Inc., Jamaica, NY.