ERIC Number: ED090718
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971
Reference Count: N/A
Rumination, Mental Retardation and Re-Feeding in a Five Year Old. Mental Retardation Training Program Technical Report Series 71-4.
Peck, Eleanor M.
Reported is a case study of a 5-year-old, severely retarded, malnourished boy who practiced rumination (regurgitating small amounts of food to rechew and then reswallow). It is explained that the child was premature and weighed only three and a half pounds at birth, that the child was fed only milk prior to involvement with the special preschool program, and that the child's weight and height were below the 10th percentile. Noted is the role of professional management in increasing the boy's weight by five pounds during an 18-day hospitalization, improving his muscular coordination and socialization skills, and successfully instructing him in self feeding techniques. Stressed is the importance of an on-going developmental program to develop other self help skills. Also provided are a discussion of the phenomena of rumination, guidelines for training in self feeding skills, a bibliography of 38 items, and rental information on a color video tape illustrating the project. (DB)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Eating Habits, Exceptional Child Education, Exceptional Child Research, Mental Retardation, Moderate Mental Retardation, Nutrition, Self Care Skills, Training Methods
Professor Joseph J. Parnicky, Editor. The Ohio State University, Herschel W. Nisonger Center, 9 West Buttles Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Herschel W. Nisonger Center.