ERIC Number: ED057882
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970-Oct
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An Experimental Therapeutic Program for Head Start Children. Year-End Report.
Melcer, Donald; And Others
This is a report of the therapeutic unit developed under the auspices of Head Start for the education of atypical low income children who cannot be contained in regular Head Start classrooms. The primary objective for this first year descriptive phase was to determine if the teaching staff could work productively with six pupils who presented a wide range of clinical, family and learning problems. The staff included a head teacher, an aide, a volunteer (none of whom had special education training), and a clinical psychologist. The program was organized around 3 structural groupings: (1) total group activities, to create group cohesion and improve social skills; (2) sub-group activities, designed around level of motor abilities and communication skills; and (3) individual therapy, for perceptual-motor development, communication skills, social and emotional problems. Parent involvement and home visits were integral parts of the program. It was concluded that the staff worked effectively with the children since all children improved to some degree in the basic skill. Nearly all the parents were able to change their attitudes and behavior towards their atypical child. The document includes details of staff roles, case studies, classroom settings, meals, follow-up activities, and future placement information. (Author/AJ)
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Sponsor: Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Inst. for Family and Child Study.