ERIC Number: ED104107
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: 0
Developing Early Intervention Programs for Emotionally Handicapped Children.
The proceedings of a 3 day institute on early intervention programs for emotionally handicapped preschool children include two brief presentations on parent relations and toilet training of children with developmental problems. Described is an individualized approach to working with parents which focuses on helping mothers to acquire attitudes and techniques for fostering their child's learning and development through parent group support and through discussions of topics such as discipline, basic routines of sleeping and eating, and the etiology and treatment of childhood schizophrenia and autism. Stressed is the need for professionals to help the mother deal with her anxieties and develop realistic expectations for her child rather than blaming her for the child's pathology. Toilet training is viewed as a complex process of learned behavior which can be taught through clear directions, special procedures (such as getting the child's attention and regularly scheduled intervals), and positive reinforcement techniques. Step-by-step guidelines are presented for preparing and initiating the toilet training program. (LH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pre-Schooler's Workshop, Garden City, NY.
Note: Reprint of paper presented at the Special Studie's Institute (Hauppauge, New York, April 1-3, 1974)