ERIC Number: ED256139
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Handicapped Children and Mainstreaming: A Mental Health Perspective, Review of Model School Programs and Practices.
Hughes, James H.; Hurth, Joicey L.
The monograph examines successful factors in preparing parents, teachers, and pupils for mainstreaming handicapped students and describes exemplary practices from a mental health perspective. Model programs were selected on the basis of the following criteria: temporal, instructional, and social integration; teacher and parent support and involvement; and attention to the mental health needs of parents, teachers, and students. Descriptions of the six selected model programs are presented, including those serving handicapped students in rural, suburban, and metropolitan settings. Descriptions touch upon the program's history, unique components, responses to parent and teacher needs, and implications for replication. Analyses and summary material list 12 factors identified in program success: (1) community support, (2) a history of mainstreaming, (3) an overall approach or design for implementation, (4) a full range of special service options, (5) administrative support, (6) emphasis on systematic communication, (7) defined mental health roles, (8) active parental involvement, (9) activities to increase understanding and acceptance, (10) a humanistic approach to providing support services to teachers and students, (11) a favorable financial climate, and (12) coordination with the mental health system. A final chapter suggests specific activities and strategies to improve mainstreaming. Appendixes list additional programs and resource materials.
Descriptors: Demonstration Programs, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Mainstreaming, Mental Health, Program Descriptions, Success
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. on Drug Abuse (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD.