ERIC Number: ED125228
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: N/A
A Procedural Manual for the Cooperstown Model: A Project to Serve Preschool Children with Special Needs.
Opportunities for Otsego, Inc.,Cooperstown, NY.
The manual provides information on procedures--the videotape recording procedure (VTR), the mobile resource center (MRC), and the child services specialist (CSS)--developed and used in the Cooperstown (New York) Head Start Program, a 3-year experimental project for developing ways to deliver services to rural area preschool children with special needs. Covered in Part 1 are the reasons (such as geographical restriction and lack of public awareness) for the unavailability of specialized services for special needs children and the key Office of Child Development (OCD) policy features (such as the requirement that programs provide the handicapped child with learning and playing experiences with nonhandicapped children) regarding services for handicapped children in Head Start. Part 2 begins with an overview of the Cooperstown Experimental Project and the case study of a 5 1/2-year-old cerebral palsied child served by the project. Detailed in the remainder of the document are the step-by-step procedures for implementing the project's three major components (VTR, MRC, and CSS). It is noted that the VTR serves as an observation tool for looking at a child's behavior, assessing needs, and leading to a follow-up prescription for the individual child's program; that the MRC is used as a center where children participate in a half-day educational and socialization program in an integrated setting; and that the CSS is a special staff member with general child development background, training, and experience who works directly with the child, his family, Head Start staff, and the community. Appendixes and exhibits include a listing of OCD experimental Head Start projects for handicapped children, a list of stimulus materials which can be used for the VTR procedure, and job descriptions and responsibilities of various project staff positions. (SB)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Child Development (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Opportunities for Otsego, Inc.,Cooperstown, NY.
Identifiers - Location: New York