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ERIC Number: ED346956
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 10
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A Model of Integration: Key Factors.
Mitchell, Margot
The Southern Child Care Support Program was established in 1986 to help children with disabilities gain access to child care services. The program consists of a team of four Integration Support Workers who are able to provide support in 27 child care centers in the region of Adelaide, Australia. The program's model of child care focuses on three factors: (1) children's social integration; (2) the development of child care staff's skills; and (3) eventual withdrawal of support. The basis of social integration lies in giving a child with a disability the opportunity to observe, model, and practice social skills. In this program, workers develop social integration programs for the children and implement the programs in the child care centers. To facilitate children's social integration, the program helps caregivers develop their skills at identifying children's needs and programming for these needs, and at using specific techniques to deal with children's disabilities. Once caregivers' skills are developed and children have been integrated into the centers, the program withdraws its support to prevent children or staff from developing a dependency on the support. (BC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia