ERIC Number: ED198680
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jun
Reference Count: 0
A Plan to Develop a Training Program for Pediatricians in the Care of Children with Educational Handicaps. Final Performance Report. Revised.
Children's Hospital Medical Center, Boston, MA.
The document presents the final report of a 3 year project to assess and respond to gaps in primary physicians' knowledge of child development in general and handicapping conditions in particular. In an introductory section it is explained that a minifellowship program was developed which offered sessions in the following areas: clinical procedures; speech and language evaluation; audiological evaluation; diagnosis of specific learning disabilities in the school age child; issues of attention and activity in the school age child; evaluation and management of developmental problems in adolescence; developmental issues and assessment and management of developmental problems in the preschool years; management of developmental problems and assessment of problems in infants and toddlers; evaluation and management of the multihandicapped child; evaluation and management of the child with hearing impairment; discipline, management, and counseling issues; and pediatric roles in the management of developmental problems. Cited among findings of a needs assessment survey involving 97 pediatricians was that pediatricians did not view practical experience as an adequate substitute for formal training in developmental assessment skills. It is explained in Section III that the minifellowship curriculum design contained five major sections: a general overview of development, developmental assessment, and pediatric roles in intervention and management; the infant/toddler years in terms of cognitive development, language development, motor development, temperament, social-emotional development, sensory impairments, and early intervention; the preschool years including sensory perceptual development and preschool assessment; the school age years adding the subjects of learning disorders and hyperactivity; and adolescent development and behavior. Evaluations of part time fellowship participants are presented in Section IV. A final section identifies three fundamental prototypes of pediatricians requiring individualized preparation--the primary care physician who is a community based generalist for whom developmental pediatrics is one of the large number of subspecialty areas with which he must be familiar; the pediatrician who is a generalist in primary care practice but who has a special interest in the handicapped child and in developmental pediatrics; and those fully involved in the care of handicapped children. (SBH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Education for the Handicapped (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Children's Hospital Medical Center, Boston, MA.