The San Francisco Infant Program provides classroom and home educational programs for handicapped (or at-risk) infants (0-18) months and toddlers (18-36 months), parent training, preservice and inservice training, and research opportunities. The transdisciplinary training focuses on the following skills: gross and fine motor, cognitive, communication, self-help, and social. A total of 41 children were enrolled during 1979-1982, with about 20 participants per year. The program also: 1) established a model for the diagnosis, assessment, and referral of Caucasian, Black, and Spanish-speaking clients; 2) trained parents to develop systematic learning activities with their children; and 3) measured infant behaviors and parent teaching skills using standardized tests. The staff includes an infant and toddler teacher, physical and speech therapists, and consultants. In cooperation with San Francisco State University, students were trained in atypical infant development, and research projects were designed to validate curriculum programs for handicapped infants. The substantial appended materials include: sample infant curricula and a list of curricular objectives; data on services, training, and other program accomplishments; an individualized education program form; data collection forms for formulating infant educational plans; a master's thesis on techniques to train motor responses with severely handicapped infants; a description of electronic toys used to train a Down's syndrome toddler; a student training manual for special education (emphasizing severely handicapped and early childhood); and a program description emphasizing parent education and service provision to a culturally diverse population. (SEW)
California (San Francisco)
1 - Available on microfiche
San Francisco State Univ., CA. Dept. of Special Education.
Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC. Handicapped Children's Early Education Program.