ERIC Number: ED253005
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Child Enrichment Program: Changing Attitudes of Parents of Severely Handicapped Children.
Goebel, Cathy; Zumberg, Marshall
The paper describes the Parent-Child Enrichment Program, a series of seven in-school training sessions for parents of severely multiply impaired children. Small, informal group formats are used to provide training in the following areas: sensory stimulation, modes of communication, exercises in the home, mealtime and fashion, and parents' needs and concerns. A study of the program's effects on changing attitudes involved 12 mothers of children 3-6 years old. Analysis of pre- and post-scores in an attitude survey revealed a statistically significant change in the group of mothers' attitudes toward the handicapped as a result of the Parent-Child Enrichment Program, while there was no statistically significant change in their perception of their children as a result of the program. Possible reasons for the findings are considered, and recommendations for parent training programs are offered. (CL)
Descriptors: Attitudes toward Disabilities, Multiple Disabilities, Parent Attitudes, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Education, Parent Participation, Program Development, Severe Disabilities, Young Children
Marshall F. Zumberg, Wayne State University, Room 249, Education Building, Detroit, MI 48202 (no charge).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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