ERIC Number: ED249758
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-May
Reference Count: 0
Summer Programs for the Severely Handicapped. Evaluation Report.
A quasi-experimental study was undertaken of the effects of summer programs on the behaviors and skills of 186 severely handicapped children (2-18 years old). Programs were categorized by their orientation and by their length, resulting in five groupings: 6 week high structure (educational skill and behavior goal-oriented), medium structure (mixed recreational and educational), and low structure (recreational) programs, as well as short programs, and no program groups. Observation of inappropriate behavior and checklists of skill development revealed the evidence of retention and improvement in Ss from the more highly structured programs. Positive effects were maintained midyear for skills but not for behaviors. For recreational programs which did not focus on skills and behaviors, there was regression in behaviors immediately following summer programs, but these losses were reversed at midpoint in the subsequent school year. Although more Ss from all programs retained rather than lost skills, those from the more highly structured programs gained skills more frequently than any others and they retained this favorable position during the subsequent school year. (CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alberta Dept. of Education, Edmonton. Planning and Research Branch.
Note: For interim report, see ED 248 676.