ERIC Number: ED303023
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Jul-7
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Implementing a Program of Supportive Services to Severely Handicapped Preschool Age Children in Community Programs.
Branca, Ronald A.
The practicum addressed the need to serve a group of severely handicapped preschool children within local neighborhood programs rather than in a segregated preschool center. The practicum goals were: (1) to maintain the enrollment of severely handicapped children in neighborhood preschool and daycare centers through the provision of adequate support services; (2) to positively influence the attitudes of staff and parents toward integration; (3) to increase the cognitive and social skills of children placed within neighborhood settings; (4) to document the occurrence of integration; and (5) to increase the awareness of staff and parents as to benefits of integrated programming. A multidisciplinary team was established consisting of occupational and physical therapists, a speech pathologist, an adaptive physical education instructor, and neighborhood coordinators. A block system of therapies replaced the traditional "pull out" model, and periodic monitoring was instituted via a series of attitudinal and behavior rating scales. Parents were supplied with computer generated "homework" assignments. At the close of the implementation period, neighborhood attendance was at 88%, the average developmental gain of neighborhood children was 8.2 months (compared to 3.8 months for center based children), and a 50% attitudinal shift was noted among parents who felt their children were receiving adequate services in community placements. (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
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Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.