ERIC Number: ED405653
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Safe Spaces: Drug and Alcohol Prevention Education for Special Needs and Drug Exposed K-2 Children [and] Videotape. Guide to the Staff Development Video Program for K-2 Special Needs Educators.
Wasow, Eileen; Ruhf, Robin
This guide is intended to accompany a staff development videotape which attempts to: (1) heighten awareness regarding attitudes, values and misconceptions about chemical dependency; (2) provide information about the impact of alcohol and other drugs on young special needs children; and (3) demonstrate skills and strategies for working with special needs children in the area of prevention education. The guide presents a synopsis of the tape contents and additional background information for each video segment. Part I of the tape focuses on awareness, skills, and practice. It examines why alcohol and drug prevention education is important for special needs children, dispels myths of what "drug-exposed" means, explains skills and curriculum for responding to children's concerns, and stresses the creation of classrooms as "safe spaces." In Part II, the roles of early intervention and family school collaboration in alcohol and other drug prevention education programs is examined. Each video segment is intended to be shown in a separate training session. Background information covers the history of Project Healthy Choices, guidelines for prevention education, the importance of a developmental perspective, the drug exposed child, and the family disease of chemical dependency. Specific staff development activities for each segment are also suggested. (DB)
Descriptors: Alcoholism, Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Drug Abuse, Early Childhood Education, Early Intervention, Elementary Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Prevention, Special Needs Students, Staff Development, Substance Abuse, Videotape Recordings
Project Healthy Choices, Bank Street College of Education, 610 West 112th St., New York, NY 10025 (27 minute videotape and guide).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Non-Print Media
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Washington, DC. School Improvement Programs.
Authoring Institution: Bank Street Coll. of Education, New York, NY.
Note: Videotape not available from EDRS.