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ERIC Number: ED369189
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Oct-31
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
Malaysia's First Day Care Center for Children with Disabilities: Future Needs in Research in Early Intervention.
Bhagwanji, Yash
This paper describes the development and implementation of the first private nonprofit day care program serving children with disabilities in Malaysia. Preliminary information describes Malaysia's economic, ethnic, and cultural situation. The naturalistic inquiry approach used to prepare this report, involving interviews and observations, is then described. The program originated from the inability of an English wife of a Malaysian official to obtain day care for her adopted young blind child. Her successful efforts to obtain funding are recounted as well as the establishment of governing procedures, hiring of staff, and opening of the center in 1988 with 10 children (now serving 38 children with nine staff). Observation at the day care center suggested that staff were failing to encourage the children in purposeful communication, self-help, play, or physical activity, with staff time primarily occupied in meeting basic feeding, toileting, and bathing needs of the children. Suggestions for improved early intervention services in Malaysia are offered. These include: strategizing ways to secure regular funding; incorporating functional teaching techniques; developing paraprofessional programs; and promoting parental groups as support systems. Also recommended is the development of a coordinated national plan that addresses early identification, appropriate placement, effective teaching, family involvement, and transitional services. (Contains 14 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Malaysia