ERIC Number: ED331227
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
An Awareness Program To Increase the Community Support Network for Head-Injured Children in Grades K-12 and Their Families.
Payne, Sidney L.
The practicum developed a four-part program to promote a community support network to meet the needs of head injured children and their families. A primary goal was to increase the membership in the head injury support group and provide a network of community support for this population. A second aim was to increase the awareness of head injuries in the community at large. Initial interviews with 14 parents of head injured children revealed that the support group focused on the needs of the adults but parents felt that attending meetings only deepened their feelings of frustration and helplessness. The intervention program consisted of: (1) a multi-media awareness and prevention program; (2) an awareness and prevention program for grades 4, 5, and 6 and local service organizations; (3) an awareness and prevention program to educate state and local legislators; and (4) a program to update physicians on the activities, goals, and objectives of the support group. Results were generally positive with increased support group attendance, increased numbers of phone calls to the support group, and increased knowledge about head injuries in the target groups. Extensive appendixes include the parent interview information, program evaluation data, attendance and phone call documentation, press releases, and the head injury prevention and awareness program presentations for school children and service organizations. Includes 23 references. (DB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.