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Master of Science


Center for the Advancement of Education


Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, Teacher Resource, Learning Disabilities, Speech Disorder, Physical Disabilities, Behavior Disorders, Emotional Disorders, Auditory Perception, Visual Perception, Hyperactivity, Minimal Brain Dysfunction, Medical Services, Health Facilities, Professional Services, Handicap identification, Psychological Services, College Preparatory School


This project demonstrated that children with special needs can succeed in a college preparatory school. Using a faculty and staff member questionnaire and a parent questionnaire, the writer identified the following special needs among the students at the practicum site. (a) learning disabilities, (b) speech and language disorders, ( c) hearing impairments, ( d) visual impairments, ( e) physical disability, and (t) behavior disorders. At the practicum site, when a parent was contacted concerning a child's identified special need that could be fully corrected at the school site, the parent was generally directed to seek out-of-school help. The school personnel then worked closely with whomever the parent chose. There were inadequate choices of community resources to recommend to the parent. The writer created a teacher resource guide to allow the target group a more professional means to support the parent in the decision of seeking out-of-school help. Eighty percent of the parents requested a guide which was developed to meet the expressed needs. Appendices include school statistical data, sample questionnaires and surveys, and the teacher resource guide developed for the school site personnel.

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