ERIC Number: ED148091
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Integration of Preschool Severely Handicapped Children.
Plummer, Bonnie Ann
A study involving 16 preschool students was conducted to determine whether severely handicapped preschool children could learn normal classroom behavior through the single treatment variable of exposure to the regular classroom environment with normal peers. Systematic observation of the children's free play and verbal interaction, independence in groups, direction following, and incidences of bizarre behavior were recorded at five intervals throughout the year. Teacher and parent attitudes were also assessed. Among findings were that there was a trend in free play interaction situations away from unoccupied behavior and toward playing with other children, there were significant increases in the verbal interactions in response to questions, and attitudes of both teachers and parents were positive. (Attachments, which make up the bulk of the document, include an outline of the 10 variables measured, sample observation record sheets, sample teacher and parent questionnaires, and teacher and parent comments regarding the program.) (Author/SBH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento.
Authoring Institution: Solano County School System, Fairfield, CA.