ERIC Number: ED355684
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Training of Persons Who Care for Persons with Mental Handicap: An Asian Experience.
Gudalefsky, Adam B.; Madduma, Ching
This report documents the personal views and experiences gained while conducting training courses for caregivers of persons with mental handicap in many countries of Asia. The experiences are presented as an example of what can be done in a situation of limited material resources to improve the lives of people with mental handicap in developing countries. The training approach considers the cultural context of people of Asia, the terminology used for "mental handicap," and the need to have a caring attitude towards individuals with mental handicap. The educational program offered to caregivers is designed to combat negative social attitudes towards individuals with disabilities. The program uses informal gatherings, home groups, and simplified presentations, avoiding school-like sessions. Low-cost materials are used. Topics covered include: the physical, spiritual, and mental needs of the person involved, as well as his/her parents, teachers, and society; educational principles; cleanliness; intellectual disciplines; parent-teacher relations; skills for living; sex education; ethical issues; physical education; natural massage; and first aid. Indications are noted that some Asian nations are establishing an institutional or structured approach to the education and care of persons with intellectual handicaps. (JDD)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Attitudes toward Disabilities, Caregivers, Cultural Influences, Developing Nations, Foreign Countries, Mental Retardation, Teaching Methods, Training Methods
International League of Societies for Persons with Mental Handicap, 248 Avenue Louise, Box 17, B-1050, Brussels, Belgium ($4.50).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: International League of Societies for Persons with Mental Handicaps, Brussels (Belgium).
Identifiers - Location: Asia