ERIC Number: ED312874
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
First Years Together: A Curriculum for Use in Interventions with High Risk Infants and Their Families. Project Enlightenment.
Hornak, Rosemary T.; Carothers, Linda H.
The curriculum was developed by the First Years Together program, a demonstration service and training model providing coordinated medical, educational, mental health, and public health services to maximize the social-emotional, physical, and cognitive development of high risk infants. The first chapter provides instructions for use of the curriculum by mental health and health-related professionals. Four distinctive characteristics of the model's assessment-intervention sessions are explained in the second chapter: (1) parent-professional partnership, (2) assessment as intervention, (3) anticipatory guidance, and (4) parent support. The third chapter looks at the post-hospital period, considering such aspects as infant physiological control, the fears and feelings of parents, the support system, and expenses. The remaining chapters provide assessment and intervention activities for infants in the age ranges of 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-9 months, and 9-15 months. The curriculum in each chapter covers infant development, emotional milestones, and family issues. Typically provided for a behavior is an explanation, samples of praise for parents, and related suggestions to encourage parents in fostering infant development. After an extensive bibliography, seven appendixes offer suggestions for talking to a toddler, sample songs and finger plays, criteria for choosing a therapist, and sample forms and newsletters. (DB)
Descriptors: Child Development, Curriculum, Developmental Stages, Early Intervention, Emotional Development, Evaluation Methods, Family Problems, Health Services, High Risk Persons, Infants, Learning Activities, Parent Education, Parent Participation
Project Enlightenment, 501 South Boylan Ave., Raleigh, NC 27603 ($14.95 includes postage and handling).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC. Handicapped Children's Early Education Program.
Authoring Institution: Wake County Public School System, Raleigh, NC.
Note: Some sections are printed on colored paper.