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ERIC Number: ED087180
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Jan
Pages: 22
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Make the Most of Your Baby.
Mather, June
Written for parents by the mother of two mentally retarded children, the booklet explains what it means to be mentally retarded and emphasizes the importance of play to aid speech development and walking. Parents are advised to set realistic goals and to encourage the child in learning social skills. Mental retardation is described in relation to slower than average development, parental awareness of developmental sequences, and during teaching of skills. Noted is the importance of a mother's understanding that she is constantly teaching when she plays with her child. Directions are given for stimulation of the infant's reactions and for teaching early speech patterns. Suggested for eventual walking are activities such as providing stimulating objects to strengthen eye muscles, playing games like "This Little Pig Went to Market", and handling the child in ways that teach him about himself and help him lose fears. (MC)
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Sponsor: Civitan International, Birmingham, AL.
Authoring Institution: National Association for Retarded Citizens, Arlington, TX.