ERIC Number: ED080162
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Milwaukee Project: Early Intervention as a Technique to Prevent Mental Retardation.
Garber, Howard; Heber, Rick
An intervention project concerned with the education of very young, disadvantaged children in an attempt to prevent intellectual deficits in "high-risk" children is presented. The intervention technique employs an intensive educational program for the very young high-risk child, beginning before six months of age. Using survey data, a maternal IQ was designated the basis for selection of a group of newborns. A two-phase program was initiated to prepare the mothers for employment opportunities and to improve their homemaking and child-rearing skills. An infant stimulation program was also implemented. The program was designed to facilitate intellectual development of very young children. It is concerned with (1) physical location which promotes learning, (2) a staff to manage and arrange instruction for children, and (3) the educational program. Development was assessed by an intensive schedule of measurements, including measures of physical maturation, standardized and experimental measures of developmental schedules of infant adaptive behavior, tests of general intelligence, an array of experimental learning tasks, measures of motivation and social development, and measures of language development. The success of this program requires an active community service program for which there is no previous model. (CK)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Rehabilitation Services Administration (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Regional Rehabilitation Research and Training Center in Mental Retardation.; Connecticut Univ., Storrs. National Leadership Inst. - Teacher Education/Early Childhood.