ERIC Number: ED126628
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Reference Count: 0
Child Development Project; Phase III, 1970-71: Narrative Evaluation.
Klineman, Janet G.
Described are the objectives, activities, and outcomes of a program to provide individualized educational programing to 30 multiply handicapped children from preschool through grade 3 at the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children in 1970-71. Noted are individualized activities which emphasized task analysis and positive reinforcement in the areas of orientation and mobility, communication skills, self care skills, and socialization. Also considered are visual efficiency training (for partially sighted children), development of the auditory channel for learning, tactual discrimination training, and behavior change. Program objectives are stated as including the design of individualized programs, development of a special class and dormitory for children with behavior problems, organization of monthly parent meetings, and the provision of opportunities for staff members to meet with a mental health consultant. Evaluation of the project is reported to show that nine children with useful residual vision developed the skills for reading large type materials, that students advanced to more complex skills, and that some students were able to be integrated into regular classes at the school. Detailed case studies are included. Appended are a sample instructional strategy form, a progress report form, a screening test of body image of blind children, a scale for evaluating orientation and mobility skills, a sample self care check list, the case study format, publicity notices, and a parent questionnaire. (DB)
Descriptors: Behavior Change, Case Studies, Communication (Thought Transfer), Early Childhood Education, Individualized Instruction, Interpersonal Competence, Multiple Disabilities, Positive Reinforcement, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Self Care Skills, Task Analysis, Visual Impairments, Visually Handicapped Mobility
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Elementary and Secondary Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children, Pittsburgh.; Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg.
Note: Appendix I is the Best Available Copy; For related information, see EC 090 507