ERIC Number: ED162494
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Aug
Psychotropic and Antiepileptic Drug Treatment in Early Childhood Special Education. Final Report.
Gadow, Kenneth D.
The effectiveness of psychotropic and antiepileptic drug treatment was investigated with approximately 2500 children receiving educational services in early childhood special education programs. The study consisted of three phases: phase 1 in which all teachers were surveyed to determine the prevalence of drug therapy and patterns of usage, phase 2 in which teachers completed medication questionnaires to determine teacher evaluation of drug effectiveness and problems perceived by teachers, and phase 3 in which parents of children receiving drug therapy were interviewed. Results are reported in terms of type and prevalence of drug treatment; parent reactions to drug treatment; teachers' experience, attitudes and training concerning drug therapy; and the role of the teacher in drug treatment. Questions, problems, and suggestions for teachers and parents are reviewed in the final section. Among 16 appendixes are sample parent questionnaires and a discussion guide for the development of a school policy on the use of drug therapy with school children. (CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Education for the Handicapped (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Inst. for Child Behavior and Development.
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