ERIC Number: ED306909
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Feb-24
Reference Count: N/A
Saturday Afternoon Free. A Respite Care Program for Moderately to Severely Handicapped Children.
American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.; Idaho State Univ., Pocatello.
Described in this report is the Saturday Afternoon Free respite care program for moderately to severely handicapped children operated under the auspices of the Idaho State University (ISU) College of Education. In service for 4 years, it has been evaluated by parents and student participants as excellent. It was developed in response to the need expressed by local parents of handicapped children for "down time" for their families as well as to the perception that establishment of a Saturday School would benefit the special education teaching program by providing an on-site practicum facility where special education students could have hands-on experience with severely involved children under the supervision of a faculty member. The program serves 15 children each Saturday and includes feeding programs, fine and gross motor activities, language development, and music therapy. It is staffed by one paid employee, volunteers from the ISU Council for Exceptional Children, and students in the Mainstreaming and Multicultural Education class. A special education faculty member volunteers time to supervise the program. The two goals of the program are to provide quality care for the children and to give exposure to a wide variety of teachers-in- training so they will more readily accept a handicapped child into their classrooms in a mainstreamed setting. This program was awarded the Purple Heart Award by the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education. (SM)
Descriptors: Children, Family Caregivers, Family Involvement, Higher Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Models, Outreach Programs, Program Descriptions, Respite Care, School Community Programs, Schools of Education, Severe Disabilities, Special Education, State Universities, Teaching Experience
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.; Idaho State Univ., Pocatello.