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Advisors: Dr. Yusuf Umer Abdi
Copyright: May-2000
Date Added: 7-Nov-2012
Abstract: Assessment of individual children's needs and potential abilities at early period of development has central importance for their over all development. It is more advantageous for children with mental retardation. On the other hand, effective assessment involves formulated identification techniques and appropriate instruments. This study attempts to asses adaptive behavior of children with mental retardation; understandings of their parents and teachers about mental retardation and treatment of the children in view. Adapted behavior scale and originally developed interview for parents and teachers of the children were used for data collection. The instruments used were validated and piloted. Sample informants were selected through purposive sampling. Three regions, three special education unit and one parent of each child were included in the sample. The findings indicate, prior to the intervention that all children experienced severe deficits in independent functioning skills and other adaptive behavioral characteristics. Since the intervention, however, they have made substantial improvements in many of the adaptive behavior aspects mainly in independent functioning, physical development and social maturity. In general, the children's performances show progress and difference by level of retardation. To this end, both parents and teachers' understanding seems to deserve desirable attention of he government. The adapted behavior scale appeared reliable and employable. It is believed that the document and the adapted behavior scale can serve as a resource material and working document for special educators and others.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/3718
Appears in:Thesis - Special Needs Education

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