Selecting a Program: A Guide for Parents of Infants and Preschoolers with Visual Impairments
Deborah Chen, Mary Ellen McCann
Designed for parents of infants and preschoolers with visual impairments, this booklet encourages parent involvement in all aspects of educational programming for these children and provides guidelines for selecting a suitable program. The first section examines the stresses involved in transitioning from one program to another. Parents are urged to be active members of the child's educational team by making observations, providing the team with an accurate picture of the child, identifying what the family thinks is important, keeping records, planning for meetings, and dealing effectively with professionals. General and specific guidelines for selecting a program are presented and include reviewing program characteristics relating to social environment, physical environment, and learning environments, and specific characteristics of infant programs, preschool programs, and kindergarten programs. Questions are also provided to help parents evaluate a program from their child's point of view, including questions regarding the learning environment, teacher competency, and transition issues. The booklet closes with tips for helping the child during the first few weeks of a new program.
Deborah Chen, Mary Ellen McCann. Selecting a Program: A Guide for Parents of Infants and Preschoolers with Visual Impairments (1993). Blind Childrens Center: Los Angeles, CA.
Sponsoring Agency: Margaret Bundy Scott Trust
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Intended User Audience:
Users can include parents and family members of young children with visual impairments. This material is also intended for pre-service students, service delivery personnel, and administrators in the areas of Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education (EI/ECSE), social work, and visual impairments.
This material was developed by a group including faculty/trainers, parents/family members, service delivery personnel, and administrators in the areas of EI/ECSE, family therapy, psychology, and visual impairments. The individuals were English and Spanish-speaking. Information about the Spanish translation is available from Midge Horton, Executive Director of the Blind Childrens Center.
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At the present time, approximately 4000 copies have been disseminated (3200 of the English version, 700 of the Spanish version) within the United States and overseas.
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