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ERIC Number: ED102775
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Social-Emotional Development and Creative Explorations for the Handicapped Student.
Wiener, William K.; And Others
Described is a public school project in which 47 educable mentally retarded (EMR) students (grades 9 and 10) spend one-third of their school day in regular high school elective offerings, one-third in remedial academics and prevocational skills training, and one-third in creative-leisure arts activities. Failings of a previously used remedial-resource approach (which resulted in a high dropout rate) are recounted. Discussed briefly are the remedial-prevocational portions of the curriculum including students' participation in a programed instructional series geared to improve language and intellectual capacities and a program of vocational guidance and career exploration experiences. The major portion of the document explains creative-leisure arts activities and five two-week personal experience modules titled "You and Your Feelings", "You and Your Future Family", "A Personalized You", "You and the Drug Culture", and "You and Others." Aspects of the modules described include role playing emotional situations, multimedia presentations concerning human sexuality, and student visits to hospitalized persons. Successful results of the program such as decreases in aggressive behavior, increased school participation, and improved scores on a Person-Group Relationship Scale (which is appended) are noted. Also appended is a list of creative and leisure arts program components. (LS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the International Symposium on Learning Disabilities (3rd, Miami Beach, Florida, 1973)