On the Road to Success...RIDE Project: Guide for Parents of Children with Special Needs [Booklet] and RIDE Project: Early Intervention [Video]
The RIDE Project [Reaching Individuals with Disabilities Early]
The booklet was created as a guide for parents and others to identify indicators of a child at-risk for developmental problems. It also describes the various early intervention services available to eligible children.This 25-minute video explains how the RIDE program operates and the advantages of a child participating if it is warranted. Some of the general indicators for participation include: Genetic/Congenital problems; Prenatal source conditions; Intrauterine Growth Retardation; Low Birth Weight/Extremely Premature birth; and Environmental Risks. Early signs of speech problems include: Feeding Problems; Recurring Middle Ear Infections; Doesn't Talk; and Childhood Diseases. The video also includes indicators for normal development at ages 2-3 and possible signs of hearing problems. There are studies that indicate that early intervention can reduce delinquency, and teen pregnancy, and lower unemployment. In addition, education costs can be reduced.
The RIDE Project [Reaching Individuals with Disabilities Early]. On the Road to Success...RIDE Project: Guide for Parents of Children with Special Needs [Booklet] and RIDE Project: Early Intervention [Video] (1995). RIDE Project (Reaching Individuals with Disabilities Early): Shelbyville, KY.
Sponsoring Agency: United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs
Reading Level: Easy
Formats Available: Printed Material, Videotape
(Price is for 10 booklets, $20.00 for each video )
RIDE Project (Reaching Individuals with Disabilities Early)
Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative
P.O. Box 1249
100 Alpine Drive
Phone: (502) 647-3533Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fax: (502) 647-3581
Languages Available: English, Spanish
Intended User Audience:
The booklets are intended for parents in the rural communities in Kentucky that the RIDE project serves. While there are a variety of cultural and linguistic groups in this area, an estimated 90% of the families served have European American backgrounds. There is a fairly large migrant farm population (primarily for tobacco farming in the area), and some of the families served have Hispanic backgrounds and benefit from having Spanish language materials. The booklets are intended to provide introductory levels of information to parents.
The video is intended for any service delivery personnel or professional who would benefit from having knowledge about indicators and risk factors that may indicate a need for early intervention services.
The booklets were designed by Project RIDE staff members, who primarily have Euro-American backgrounds. The video was developed with strong collaboration from Dr. Richard McShane (a physician).
The translation of the RIDE project child find booklet was done by a woman who works with migrant families in the counties served by the project. She has an Argentinian background and has an M.S. degree in Spanish.
The RIDE project has been formally evaluated as to the effect of the child find materials and services provided.
(These materials are just one component of the package of services being evaluated). The results were favorable, so revisions to the material were not judged to be necessary. The results have been reported to the U.S. Dept. of Education, and will be formally published through journal article submissions and other means in the next year or two.
Approximately 2,500 to 3,000 English language brochures have been disseminated to community meeting points such as grocery stores, as well as to school districts and early intervention service agencies in the nine county area being served. Approximately 600-800 Spanish language brochures have also been disseminated, particularly to the 2-3 counties where the population of Hispanic-speaking families is the greatest. About 150 videos have been disseminated to the same agencies and school districts in Kentucky, but also to other places in the country and internationally (Finland, Japan, etc.).
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