ERIC Number: ED328027
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
The Status of Handicapped Children in Head Start Program. Fifteenth Annual Report of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to the Congress of the United States on Services Provided to Children with Disabilities in the Head Start Program.
Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC. Head Start Bureau.
This report discusses the status of children with disabilities mainstreamed into full-year Head Start programs in 1986-1987, based on the Program Information Report survey completed by each program. Nationally, children with disabilities totalled 65,276, comprising 12.7% of the Head Start enrollment. All programs reported serving at least one child with disabilities. Primary disabling conditions, from most to least frequent, were speech impairments, health impairments, learning disabilities, physical disabilities, mental retardation, serious emotional disturbances, hearing impairments, visual impairments, deafness, and blindness. Services provided by Head Start staff included individualized teaching, speech therapy and language stimulation, and transportation. Special services provided by other agencies included medical and psychological diagnosis, evaluation or testing, speech therapy and language stimulation, and medical treatment. Services provided to parents included counseling, referrals to other agencies, home visits, parent conferences, transportation, literature and special teaching equipment, workshops, medical assistance, and special classes. Appendices contain a summary of diagnostic criteria for reporting children with disabilities, a description of the Resource Access Project Network, and results of a survey on children with disabilities in Head Start by state. (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC. Head Start Bureau.