ERIC Number: ED381914
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Feb
Better Than Toys: Real Life Skill Development.
Ensign, Arselia, Ed.
PAM Repeater, n90 Feb 1995
In educating children with disabilities, training for independence should begin early, and the "technology" may be very simple. This paper lists activities designed to increase gross, fine motor, cognitive, and eye-hand coordination skills needed for independent living. It encourages caregivers to engage young children in active learning experiences that help children begin to master their environment, by having them acquire life skills such as those preliminary to cooking, cleaning, and table setting. Eighteen learning activities are suggested. For example, have the child move from matching pictures or shapes to matching socks or putting silverware away, and have the child move from playing with push-button toys to operating radios, computers, or television remote controls. The paper also provides a checklist for writing Individualized Education Program/Individualized Family Service Plan goals and objectives for infants and young children, focusing on functionality, generality, instructional context, measurability, and hierarchical relation between long-range goal and short-term objective. (JDD)
Descriptors: Active Learning, Basic Skills, Check Lists, Cognitive Development, Daily Living Skills, Disabilities, Early Childhood Education, Experiential Learning, Motor Development, Psychomotor Skills, Skill Development, Student Educational Objectives
PAM Assistance Centre, 601 West Maple St., Lansing, MI 48906-5038 ($10, includes membership; $25, organizational rate).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.; Michigan State Board of Education, Lansing.
Authoring Institution: PAM Assistance Centre, Lansing, MI.