ERIC Number: ED217676
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Arranging Preschool Environments for Young Handicapped Children.
Rogers-Warren, Ann K.
The paper addresses the nature of the physical environment of classrooms for young handicapped children. Research is cited on the factors important in successful interventions in five areas (sample subtopics in parentheses): social interaction (materials that promote interaction, staff-child ratios); language learning (importance of engaging interest in materials, the role of routines); disruptive behavior (avoiding and decreasing behavior problems); independence and transition (interaction with the environment); and learning during instruction (group size, density and arrangement, scheduling). Environmental support for staff is considered including open environments which facilitate supervision and communication and use of functional areas within the classroom with all necessary materials on hand. Ways to evaluate environmental arrangements are noted. A list of 11 questions regarding ways to adapt or arrange the environment for the special needs of physically handicapped students concludes the paper. (CL)
Descriptors: Behavior Modification, Classroom Environment, Disabilities, Environmental Influences, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Interaction, Language Acquisition, Physical Disabilities, Physical Environment, Preschool Education
Kansas University, Early Childhood Institute, University of Kansas, Haworth Hall, Lawrence, KS 66045 (no price quoted).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Kansas Univ., Lawrence. Early Childhood Inst.