ERIC Number: ED111523
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Apr
Head Start Services to Handicapped Children. Second Annual Report of the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare to the Congress of the United States on Services Provided to Handicapped Children in Project Head Start.
Office of Child Development (DHEW), Washington, DC.
This report documents the status of handicapped children in Head Start programs, the number of children being served, their handicapping conditions, and the services being provided. Children professionally diagnosed as handicapped account for at least 10.1 percent of children enrolled in full year Head Start Programs. Nearly 50 percent of the children require a "fair amount" or "practically constant" special assistance. One of the most important services Head Start programs offer a handicapped child is the chance to be in a developmental environment with nonhandicapped children. Local communities are being helped to develop a diagnostic team capability to insure appropriate assessments of young children to serve as a basis for program planning. All Head Start programs enrolling handicapped children require additional training of staff. Staff training focuses on attitudes toward handicapped children, growth and development, teaching methods, curriculum development, and speech and language development. Counseling for families of handicapped children, modifying physical facilities, and providing special equipment are among the services Head Start provides for its handicapped children. (BRT)
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Handicap Identification, Handicapped Children, Language Handicaps, Mainstreaming, Mental Retardation, Multiple Disabilities, Normalization (Handicapped), Parent Counseling, Physical Disabilities, Preschool Curriculum, Preschool Education, Program Development, Services
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Child Development (DHEW), Washington, DC.