ERIC Number: ED165364
Record Type: RIE
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A Guide to Teaching for Developmentally Disabled Children. Report Number 8171.
The guide is intended to help teachers teach mentally handicapped children who have been mainstreamed into preschool, nursery school, or first grade public school classes. Part 1 answers frequently asked questions regarding the definition of mental retardation, realistic expectations, emotional needs, discipline, and teaching approaches. Part 2 deals with program planning, design, and evaluation. Student evaluation topics include sensory awareness, motor coordination, use of materials, sustained play, language, accumulative knowledge, frustration tolerance, initiative, interpersonal relationships, imagination, and creativity. Environmental evaluation topics (on the three levels of safety and comfort, emotional support, and the program) include elements of space-time identity, articulation, transistion, scale, community vs. isolation, privacy, territoriality, and character. Suggestions are made for evaluating materials and for beginning procedures. Part 3 focuses on implementing the program and includes descriptions of first steps toward competency (developing a self image and personal and social skills); language and communication skills (developing sensory discrimination); creative activities (music, art, and creative movement); motor development (toys and equipment, muscle development); and utilization of community helpers as resources. (BD)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Cognitive Development, Communication Skills, Community Resources, Creative Activities, Early Childhood Education, Environmental Influences, Environmental Standards, Language Skills, Mental Retardation, Motor Development, Program Design, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Student Evaluation, Teacher Responsibility, Teaching Guides, Teaching Methods
Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, Institute for Education Services, Inc., Merrimack Education Center, 101 Mill Road, Chelmsford, Massachusetts 01824
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts State Dept. of Mental Health, Boston.
Note: Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of some parts