ERIC Number: ED125198
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Psychotropic and Anticonvulsant Drug Usage in Early Childhood Special Education Programs I. Phase One: A Preliminary Report: Prevalence, Attitude, Training, and Problems.
Gadow, Kenneth D.
As part of a three phase study designed to survey the teachers and parents of children receiving psychotropic and anticonvulsant drugs, 208 teachers of preschool special education children on medication were mailed questionnaires. The Early Childhood Medication Questionnaire used in the survey included items relating to teacher, program, and student descriptions; medication information; experience with children on medication and interaction with parents and doctors regarding children and medication; role behaviors from the diagnostic, dosage adjustment, and follow-up phase of the drug regimen; statements about drug therapy in general; areas in which teachers received specific training or acquired definite knowledge regarding hyperactivity, convulsive disorders, medications, and involvement in the drug regimen; and problems comments, and questions concerning medication usage. Among the findings of the study's first phase were that most early childhood special education teachers have had experience teaching children receiving drug therapy for both hyperactivity and convulsive disorders; that the majority of teachers has no formal education regarding the most frequently prescribed drugs for preschool special education children; and that over a third of the teachers reported nonprescription drug therapies (including coffee, special diet, and vitamins) for hyperactivity. (A major portion of the document is comprised of tables giving statistical information on the teachers and children involved in the survey.) (SB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Education for the Handicapped (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.; National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Inst. for Child Behavior and Development.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual International Convention, The Council for Exceptional Children (54th, Chicago, Illinois, April 4-9, 1976)