ERIC Number: ED078616
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Non-Categorical Preschool Model Program.
Bolen, Jacqueline M.; And Others
Special education teachers at the graduate level developed a model noncategorical preschool program for five normal or severely handicapped children which incorporated parent training and behavioral research. The staff assumed such tasks as designing classroom/clinic/observation areas, arranging for materials, training parents, and attending meetings. For each of the five students, 4- to 6-years-old, who were normal or had handicaps of oppositional behavior, Down's syndrome, physical and speech handicaps, or autism, assessments were made according to functional areas, skills, and personal-social characteristics. A curriculum involved gross, fine, and perceptual motor training; color and shape discrimination; letter, number, and word recognition; and creativity expression. Behavior modification procedures included primary, (candy or cookies), and secondary reinforcement (praise, or hugging); continuous music; and timeout. Parents learned through observing children, taking a behavior management class, recording behaviors, and teaching. Data indicated that the five children acquired from 14 to 27 skills; that four children attained a minimum of two out of five competency levels for each of seven developmental areas; that four children achieved full competency in one developmental level. Data indicated directions for an experimental research design, and support for early intervention, parent training, and individualized programs. (MC)
Descriptors: Behavior Change, Classification, Conceptual Schemes, Curriculum Development, Early Childhood Education, Evaluation Methods, Exceptional Child Education, Handicapped Children, Identification, Parent Education, Preschool Children, Program Development, Psychological Evaluation, Teacher Education, Testing
Instructional Materials Center for Special Education, 1031 South Broadway, Suite 623, School of Education, University of S. C., Los Angeles, California 90015 ($5.00)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Instructional Materials Center for Special Education.
Note: A documentation presented to The Department of Special Education University of Southern California, June 1973