ERIC Number: ED291183
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Mainstreaming and Transitioning of Moderately and Severely Multihandicapped Preschool Children Using Trained Volunteers: The Development of the "Preschool Acceptance through Language and Social Development" Program. Final Report.
Neff, Franklin W.; And Others
The final report documents a 2-year project which trained volunteers to help preschool disabled and non-disabled children work together as part of a transitioning and mainstreaming effort. The report describes project development, implementation, and dissemination. Specific objectives included the following: form an advisory council; orient staff, children, and parents; conduct an ecological assessment of the educational environment; assess the behavioral repertoire of each handicapped child; develop individual educational plans for each child; recruit volunteers; develop training activities; develop measurement procedures and schedules; develop instructional activities for children; develop procedures for data collection, storage, and analysis; develop procedures to obtain data on adult attitudes; and plan for transition of students to other schools. Child training focused on development of language and social skills. Project evaluations by teachers, volunteers, and parents were positive. Recommendations for similar programs included having an on-site manager who recruits and trains volunteers and communicating clearly to parents and teachers the importance of data collection. Fourteen appendixes include: persistence training record form, the interaction coding manual, a rating scale of adaptive and maladaptive child behavior, a questionnaire on mainstreaming, an inventory of teacher social behavior, and a parent opinion survey. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Missouri Univ., Kansas City. Inst. for Human Development.