ERIC Number: ED232384
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
Getting Ready to Learn! Molehills Out of Mountains. A Resource and Activity Guide for the Developmentally Disabled.
Barringer, M. D.; Kosal-Smither, C.
A resource and activity guide for the developmentally disabled that focuses on methods to teach students skills essential to learning is presented. It is noted that once students begin to acquire these critical skills, they can become active participants in group learning activities, rather than waiting for their turn in individual sessions. They will also have begun to acquire prerequisite skills needed prior to the onset of language learning. Learning behaviors important for the severely handicapped student are covered: attending to sensory stimuli, gestural imitation, ways of relating to objects, and object permanency. It is suggested that the teacher become familiar with Piagetian theory and the developmental norms and assessment of information generated by this theory, since the behaviors included in the activities comprise the sensorimotor stage of cognitive development identified by J. Piaget and others. Information is provided for each of the learning behaviors and for the following developmental levels: 0-6 months, 7-12 months, and 13-18 months. For each behavior and developmental level, goals and objectives are identified, the relevance of the objectives to overall growth and development is explained, and activities to teach the objectives are indicated. The activities are listed separately for primary age (up to 8 years), intermediate age (9-15 years), and adult (16-26 years). Ideas for group homes and family environments are also presented. (SEW)
Descriptors: Adults, Children, Cognitive Development, Developmental Disabilities, Developmental Stages, Early Childhood Education, Imitation, Infants, Learning Activities, Learning Readiness, Motor Development, Object Manipulation, Object Permanence, Perceptual Motor Learning, Sensory Experience, Severe Mental Retardation, Skill Development, Stimuli
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wayne County Intermediate School District, Detroit, MI.