ERIC Number: ED300939
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Least Restrictive Environment and Social Integration. Division for Early Childhood White Paper.
McLean, Mary; Odom, Sam
The paper recommends that young children with disabilities be placed in preschool classes with normally developing children whenever possible. Significant benefits are cited in the areas of social, emotional, and communication development when children with handicapping conditions are educated in settings with their nonhandicapped peers. Four potential options for integrating young children with handicaps and normally developing children are outlined, including mainstreamed educational programs, mainstreamed noneducational programs, integrated special education or reverse mainstreamed programs, and nonintegrated special education programs located in regular elementary schools. Sample programs within each option are briefly described. The paper concludes with a list of 26 references for further information about options and procedures for integrating children with handicaps and normally developing children. (JDD)
Descriptors: Disabilities, Mainstreaming, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Program Development, Social Development, Social Integration, Special Education, Student Placement
Division for Early Childhood, Council for Exceptional Children, 1920 Association Dr., Reston, VA 22091 (single copy free).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Policymakers
Authoring Institution: Council for Exceptional Children, Reston, VA. Div. for Early Childhood.