ERIC Number: ED455663
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Dec
Project Participate Final Report, September 1985-August 1988.
Rosenberg, Steven; Clark, Mary; Finkler, Deana; Filer, Janet; Robinson, Cordelia
The environments of most young children present many opportunities for learning. However, preschoolers who have severe motor disorders are frequently unable to explore the world around them. Project Participate addressed the problems presented by the limitations placed on the activities of preschoolers who have severe motor disorders. During the course of this project a decision model and guidelines for interventions designed to enhance the ability of these children to participate actively in their educational programs were developed. Interventions to increase child participation in the areas of play with preschool materials, communication, social interaction, and mobility are described. The results of the evaluation of the project are presented. These findings indicate that this project was well received by educational personnel and the interventions that were used significantly increased active involvement by preschoolers with disabilities. Dissemination and staff training activities are described. In addition, training materials, including guidelines for implementing interventions to increase child participation are provided. (Author)
Descriptors: Decision Making, Disability Identification, Early Intervention, Models, Physical Disabilities, Physical Mobility, Preschool Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Student Participation, Training
University of South Carolina, Center for Developmental Disabilities, Benson Building, Columbia, SC 29208; Tel: 803-777-4839. Human Development Center, Winthrop College, School of Education, Rock Hill, SC 29733; Tel: 803-323-2244.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: South Carolina Univ., Columbia. Center for Developmental Disabilities.; Winthrop Coll., Rock Hill, SC.
Note: Winthrop University was formerly Winthrop College. Staff and students at the University of Nebraska at Omaha assisted in the preparation of this document.