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ERIC Number: ED449897
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jun
Pages: 21
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Therapeutic Nursery Programs: A Survey of Alternative Preschools.
Marsh, Pamela T.
Noting that therapeutic nursery programs (TNPs) offer one alternative to mainstream daycare or preschool settings for young children experiencing severe emotional and behavioral difficulties, this study gathered information about TNPs and their services. Response rate to a survey mailed to a nonrandom nationwide sample of 40 programs was 50 percent. The hypothesis was that TNPs would provide services specific to the characteristics of children's presenting problems; findings indicated considerable diversity in the client populations and services provided. The majority of TNPs were located in urban areas (75 percent), with 20 percent in suburban locations. Ninety percent of TNPs provided services to children experiencing a variety of emotional and behavioral difficulties: ADHD was the most common diagnosis (85 percent), Down's Syndrome the least reported (5 percent). TNPs serving children with mental retardation tended to be specific to that population. Most TNPs used a combination of funding sources. Most (75 percent) provided service year-around. Programs requiring family involvement reported a higher rate of attendance problems than overall. Programs providing a meal with psychoeducational presentations to parents did not report attendance difficulties. Forty percent of the TNPs used an eclectic treatment approach, with 20 percent using a cognitive-behavioral approach. Eighty percent of TNPs served at least three client populations. Forty percent of TNPs provided both educational and therapeutic components, with 30 percent providing only a therapeutic component. Teachers were the most frequently involved staff, with social workers, psychologists, occupational and physical therapists also employed. Graduate students were 20 percent of all staff within classrooms. (Contains 16 references.) (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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