ERIC Number: ED118239
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Head Start Services to Handicapped Children. Third 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 during Fiscal Year 1975, including the number of children served, their handicapping conditions, and the services provided. It is reported that children professionally diagnosed as handicapped accounted for at least 10.4 percent of children enrolled in full-year Head Start programs. Nearly 57 percent of these children required a "fair amount" or "practically constant" special assistance. One of the most important services Head Start programs have offered handicapped children is the chance to be in a developmental environment with non-handicapped children. Counseling for families of handicapped children, modifying physical facilities, and providing special equipment are among the services Head Start provides for its handicapped children. Diagnostic criteria for identifying handicapped children for inclusion in the Head Start program are provided. All Head Start programs enrolling handicapped children require staff members to have additional training. Fourteen experimental programs for handicapped children are attempting to develop new methods of serving handicapped Head Start children. Results of a state-by-state survey of Head Start services provided to handicapped children are presented in tabular form. (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, State Surveys
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Child Development (DHEW), Washington, DC.