ERIC Number: ED197531
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
The Project Sunrise Model: A Home Based Parent Teaching Program Designed to Serve Handicapped Children Ages Birth to Six Living in Rural Areas of Montana. Revised Edition.
Sexton, Ronald P.; And Others
Project Sunrise, a home based parent training model, was designed to serve preschool handicapped children living in rural areas of Montana. Literature was reviewed on when to begin educational intervention, the results of early intervention, the types of intervention most effective, the positive effects of parent education, and the benefits of early intervention for handicapped children. The Project Sunrise model comprised four basic elements--the child, the parents, the home visitor, and the center staff. Project Sunrise services to children included identification, screening, a functional assessment of skill strengths and weaknesses, a diagnostic evaluation conducted by an interdisciplinary team, program planning, program implementation, and program reassessment. An important part of the assessment/evaluation process was the parents' role in collecting data as part of the Family Education Program. In addition to acting as primary or support teachers to their child, parents also assumed the roles of program support personnel, program advocates, and paraprofessional home visitors within the program. The paraprofessional home visitor served in a helping relationship as the teacher (educational change agent) and informal peer counselor to the parent. Home visitors must demonstrate competency in six areas: knowledge of the Project Sunrise model, identification and screening, assessment, planning and implementation of the Early Education Program, child program planning and implementation, and legal rights. Center staff consited of the center aides (who confer weekly with the paraprofessional home visitors by phone), early childhood special education specialists, and the coordinator. Appended are Montana rules and regulations for special education, a list of published materials used in the development of the model, and materials from the home visitor training program. Sample evaluation instruments, forms, and charts are provided throughout the document. (SBH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Education for the Handicapped (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Eastern Montana Coll., Billings.
Identifiers - Location: Montana