ERIC Number: ED222004
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
An Early Childhood Special Education Primer.
Cooper, Joy Hicks
Intended for state education agencies and State Implementation Grant directors and coordinators, the booklet provides basic information on providing educational services to preschool handicapped children. Major premises include the following: the effectiveness of early education of handicapped children is supported by research; and early childhood special education can be viewed not only as a remedial effort, but also as a preventative measure that may eliminate the need for long-term remedial assistance. Handicaps for which help is available through current federal funds are listed and include deaf, deaf/blind, mentally retarded, hard of hearing, multihandicapped, orthopedically impaired, other health impaired, seriously emotionally disturbed, specific learning disabled, speech impaired, and visually handicapped. It is reported that services paid for by the federal government are delivered to the public through center based, home based, combination home and center based, and hospital based methods. Characteristics of successful programs are identified and include individualized education programs, parent involvement, ongoing training for staff and parents, a sound theoretical base, clearly stated philosophy and goals, and identification and intervention activities that occur as early as possible. Tables with information on various resources, such as HCEEP (Handicapped Children's Early Education Program) organizations and information services, are offered. A bibliography completes the booklet. (SW)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Univ., Chapel Hill. Technical Assistance Development System.
Note: For related documents, see EC 150 073-077.