ERIC Number: ED189803
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: N/A
The Transdisciplinary Model: An Alternative Approach for Meeting the Needs of Children in Early Childhood Education Programs for the Handicapped.
Stile, Stephen W.; Olson, E. Ann
The paper discusses the transdisciplinary model, an alternative approach for meeting the needs of children in early education programs for the handicapped. A brief review of the interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches to providing services for such children is provided, and the limitations of the two approaches are examined. The transdisciplinary approach is an attempt to meet the needs of the child by breaking the traditional rigidity of discipline boundaries and by avoiding compartmentalization and fragmentation of programs and services. It is a direct attempt to consolidate medical and educational models of service through coherent programing and consistent handling of the plan by everyone involved so that the educational and therapeutic impact is sustained and a developmental approach prevails. Not only is the individualized developmental plan for the child designed by the transdisciplinary team, but it is implemented by the team as well. A rationale for the appropriateness of this approach with infants and other young handicapped children emphasizes the need for fewer people working directly with the child, continuity of programing, consistency of services in the home and school situation, and the importance of parent participation. However, the question of degree of handicap and the ability of a team member to train a primary therapist to treat a severely handicapped child who requires very specialized treatment remain critical issues. (DLS)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Mexico State Univ., Las Cruces.