ERIC Number: ED479822
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Aug
The Hebrew Academy for Special Children's Summer Program: An Evaluation Report. An Innovative Program To Enhance the Academic and Social Outcomes of Developmentally Disabled Individuals.
This document presents an evaluation report and parent handbook of for a federally supported 6-week residential summer program for children and adults with developmental disabilities developed by the Hebrew Academy for Special Children (Brooklyn, New York). It also includes the program's parent handbook. Evaluation focused on three groups of camp participants (students, teacher assistants/counselors, and teachers) and assessed three main indicators of success: (1) student progress as observed and recorded by parents and counselors; (2) development of teacher assistant/counselor skills as evaluated by self-ratings and partner teachers; and (3) growth in teachers' skills as rated by program administrators. Overall program effectiveness and family stress reduction were also examined. Positive evaluation findings were reported for all three indicators. The program model was also supported by a review of the literature. Appendices include a literature review and lists of evaluation instruments and staff development topics. The parent manual has sections that address making classroom lessons and play a part of daily interaction and conversation; having fun (what children learn from toys and play); adapting toys to help children play; special projects for leisure time, weekends, and vacations; and classroom activities that work outside the classroom to help the child. (DB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Parents; Practitioners
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Prepared by Dunham Educational Research & Evaluation (DERE) (Fort Lee, NJ) and submitted to the Hebrew Academy for Special Children, Inc. (Brooklyn, NY).