ERIC Number: ED078633
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: 0
Exceptional Children Conference Papers: Education of the Trainable Mentally Handicapped.
Council for Exceptional Children, Arlington, VA.
Three conference papers concern education of trainable mentally retarded (TMR) children. A presentation originally accompanied by slides describes a behavioral objectives curriculum (Meridian Program) for TMR students, 5 through 18 years of age, which includes a checklist of behavioral goals (to evaluate entering students, identify behaviors, monitor progress, and evaluate progress and programs), and an educational prescriptive retrieval system (for collecting data for evaluation and accountability); and also delineates articulation of the public school TMR program with the Office of Mental Retardation programs in Nebraska. Also described is Benhaven center, which serves neurologically impaired, moderately and profoundly retarded, and multihandicapped children, 6 to 21 years of age on an outpatient or residential basis; trains professional and paraprofessional personnel for other centers; provides services such as institutes and workshops; emphasizes sign language with nonverbal children; uses music and rope therapy; stresses continual evaluation and socialization; avoids drug therapy; and offers academic and prevocational education. Results reported from a survey of 63 parents of moderately and severely retarded children indicate that parents agree on practices and trends in educationally oriented teacher-parent encounters, that a child's program enrollment and age group are strong factors of parental opinion; that future studies should focus on program enrollment and age; and that professionals who have qualities that parents prize should be identified. (MC)
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Sponsor: Bureau of Education for the Handicapped (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Council for Exceptional Children, Arlington, VA.
Note: Papers presented at the Annual International CEC Convention (51st, Dallas, Texas, April 22-27, 1973)