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How might a preschool intervention program affect a child with disabilities? True or...

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tatianabudnik123 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) Honors

Posted February 29, 2012 at 4:36 AM via web

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How might a preschool intervention program affect a child with disabilities? 

True or False:  If Kristin attends a preschool intervention program for children with disabilities, her motor skills are likely to show greater improvement than her intellectual performance.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 26, 2012 at 4:19 AM (Answer #1)

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First of all, it depends on what specific disabilities Kristen has.  If Kristen has standard intelligence but lacks motor development, then the preschool program will likely focus on her motor development and she will make more improvement there.  All special needs programs begin by assessing the child very carefully.  They will look for both motor skills impairment and intellectual performance level.  They will then develop a plan, called an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) to focus on helping her overcome those specific areas.

If Kristen is lacking in both, it is quite possible that her motor skills might improve more than her intellectual ability because there is only so much improvement we can make to intellectual ability when a child has cognitive disabilities.  Usually we can regain fine motor functions more easily with the proper behavioral therapy.

I have included a link as an example of how such a program might operate.

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