ERIC Number: ED234773
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: N/A
Critical Learning: Multiply Handicapped Babies Using Computers.
Behrmann, Mike; Lahm, Liz
Closing the Gap, v2 n1 p1,6-8,14 Apr-May 1983
Research indicates that severely physically handicapped infants and toddlers are limited in the amount of interaction they can have with their environment, and that this might limit the amount they can learn from it, causing secondary handicaps and thus creating an even more handicapped individual. It is suggested that this cycle can be broken by using a microcomputer to give some of the environmental interaction back to the infant. To test this theory, a pilot research project is being conducted using students of a county health infant stimulation program as subjects. These subjects range in abilities from "at risk" (or mildly handicapped) to severely multiply handicapped. The general purpose of the project is to apply commercially available technology that is relatively inexpensive to the learning needs of developmentally young handicapped children. The research conducted thus far has begun to answer some basic questions about the ability of infants and toddlers to interact with microcomputers. A list of 13 references is included. (KC)
Descriptors: Computers, Electromechanical Aids, Exceptional Child Research, Infants, Microcomputers, Mild Disabilities, Multiple Disabilities, Physical Environment, Sensory Aids, Severe Disabilities, Young Children
Closing the Gap, P.O. Box 68, Henderson, MN 56044 ($3.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
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