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ERIC Number: ED318179
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
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Early Education Pilot Program Using a Developmentally Appropriate Practice for Children with Language and Learning Problems: The GEL Program (Guidelines for Early Learning). A Condensed Report.
Gelfer, Jeffrey Ian
The paper describes the GEL (Guidelines for Early Learning) Program developed by the Easter Seal Society of Southwest Florida which serves children, aged 4-6 years, with language, learning, and/or developmental problems. Developmental theories of Piaget and Chomsky and the model of David Weikart's High Scope Program were used to develop the GEL program which initially served eight children. An interdisciplinary program staff included a Director (child development specialist), a speech pathologist, an occupational therapist, and an early childhood educator, with consultation services from a pediatric neurology clinic and a local pediatrician. A therapy services center provided individual motor and/or speech therapy and supplemented the educational facility which was divided into four centers (motor, cognitive, language, and social) to facilitate new learning in each of these areas. An individual educational development plan was written for each student after multidisciplinary assessment. Daily progress was recorded and shared with parents weekly. After 6 months, each of the students demonstrated developmental growth of 1.4 years as measured by pre- and post-tests. Contains nine references. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Florida