ERIC Number: ED332487
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov-15
Reference Count: 0
Training Personnel for Children Affected by Alcohol or Drugs.
Bornfield, Gail; And Others
This paper presents, first, the statutory entitlement authorizing support to educators of children affected by drugs or alcohol; then, a population overview which covers family characteristics, infant, preschool, and classroom needs; and finally, suggestions for recruitment and retention strategies in personnel training and direct service provision. Federal legislation cited includes Public Law 94-142, the Education for All Handicapped Children Act; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (1973); and Part H of the Education of the Handicapped Amendments Act (1986). Considered in the population overview are effects of exposure to alcohol and drugs in utero, typical problems of prenatally exposed infants and preschoolers, and classroom needs including emotional bonding, a specialized and highly structured classroom environment, and professionals who know techniques of family and inter-agency coordination. Suggestions for recruitment to training programs include running a high quality program, promoting dialogue across agencies and professional groups, and use of professional recruiting techniques. Retention of school personnel working with this population is covered in suggestions such as augmenting salaries and benefits and planning a home-school monitoring/supportive environment. Includes 26 references. (DB)
Descriptors: Alcohol Abuse, Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Congenital Impairments, Drug Abuse, Elementary Education, Emotional Disturbances, Federal Legislation, Infants, Learning Disabilities, Prenatal Drug Exposure, Preschool Education, Special Education Teachers, Student Characteristics, Teacher Morale, Teacher Persistence, Teacher Recruitment
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children (13th, Anchorage, AK, November 15, 1990). Legibility is affected by filled letters alternating with faint type.