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ERIC Number: ED073591
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Aug
Pages: 10
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Evaluating the Sensory-Motor Bases of Behavior in the Profoundly Retarded.
Webb, Ruth C.; And Others
Discussed are the theoretical background and evaluation procedures of the Glenwood Awareness, Manipulation, and Posture Index Number One, an instrument for measuring the sensory-motor bases of behavior in the profoundly retarded. The authors maintain that, by using the processes of recognition, interaction, and mobility as criteria for the developmental levels of awareness, manipulation, and posture, it becomes possible to assess reception of sensory stimuli and development of recognition processes separately from the assessment of fine and gross motor skills and mobility skills. Described are items of the Awareness Scale which elicit defensive reactions to aversive stimuli, entice the child to draw closer to pleasurable sensations, and evaluate the child's ability to combine memory of past events with the stimulus of the moment. The Manipulation Scale is designed to appraise a child's inclination to handle objects spontaneously, to respond to gestured and spoken commands, and to communicate needs and desires through language (with or without words). The Posture Scale is said to evaluate ability to maintain a secure position in space in both stationary and movement states. It is noted that the test is without statistical validation, but that it has been helpful in identifying children who are alert but lack the motor capacity to express that alertness. (GW)
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