ERIC Number: ED231926
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Supplementary Services for Handicapped Students Health Education Paraprofessionals Program. O.E.E. Evaluation Report, 1981-82.
Tobias, Robert; And Others
In 1981-82, the Health Education Paraprofessionals program of the New York City Public Schools Division of Special Education provided supplementary instruction in hygiene and self care, and outreach services to 335 severely handicapped students, aged 5 to 21. Of the program participants, 292 received training in toilet habits and self care, and 43, who were identified as hepatitis-B carriers, were instructed in proper hygiene and adaptive social behaviors. Training was provided by 85 trained paraprofessionals, who employed different instructional approaches. Progress reports (as recorded in the VORT Behavioral Characteristics Progression and toileting schedules, anecdotal reports, and medical information) indicated that: (1) 94 percent of the participants mastered at least one new skill, and about 50 percent mastered seven or more skills; (2) more students demonstrated mastery of those skills that the program emphasized (thus, 75 percent mastered one or more toileting skills; 50 percent mastered grooming skills; 25 percent mastered undressing skills; and fewer than 10 percent were taught and mastered skills in oral hygiene, adaptive behaviors, and interpersonal relations); and (3) the amount and rate of skills mastery and program attendance varied among students with different types of handicaps. It was recommended that more staff training be provided in order to improve program services. (MJL)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Educational Evaluation.