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This final report describes the activities and outcomes of a 3-year Expressive Arts Outreach project at Western Illinois University to integrate and replicate the Expressive Arts (EA) model based on developmentally appropriate experiences in the expressive arts, with an emphasis on visual arts, into early childhood programs for children (ages 3-8) with a wide range of disabilities. Twenty-one sites replicated the EA model between October 1, 1997 and September 30, 2000. These sites contained a total of 60 classrooms served by 38 teachers and 60 support staff and included self-contained special education classrooms, inclusive classrooms serving children at-risk and children with disabilities, and sites serving infants and toddlers (1,176 children). Data were collected on 277 children who had disabilities or were at-risk. Project findings point to positive benefits for teachers, children, and families. Replication site staff showed gains in implementing art activities and making adaptations for children with disabilities. All children participated in developmentally appropriate expressive arts activities and projects without the need for adult-directed activities. Childrens communication skills, social abilities, problem solving skills, expressive abilities, and motor abilities improved and family surveys indicated satisfaction with the project. (Contains 71 references.) (CR)

Descriptors: Art Activities, Art Expression, Child Development, Childrens Art, Creative Development, Creative Expression, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Disabilities, Early Childhood Education, High Risk Students, Inclusive Schools, Motor Development, Outreach Programs, Painting (Visual Arts), Self Expression, Severe Disabilities, Social Development, Teaching Models, Visual Arts, Young Children

Author: Hutinger, Patricia; Potter, Judy; Schneider, Carol; Guzman, Merriam; Johanson, Joyce


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