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Intended for parents of infants and preschoolers with visual impairments, this booklet encourages parent involvement in all aspects of educational programming for their children and provides guidelines for selection of a suitable program. The first section examines the stresses involved during transitions from one program to another. Parents are urged to be active members of the child's educational team by making observations, creating a snapshot of the child for the team, identifying what the family thinks is important, keeping records, planning for meetings, and dealing effectively with professionals. The relationship of program choice to the overall family situation is noted. General and specific guidelines in selecting a program are addressed, including general atmosphere; social environment; physical environment; learning environment; and specific features of infant programs, preschool programs, and kindergarten programs. Specific guidelines are also offered to help evaluate a program from the child's point of view. These include looking at the learning environment, teacher competency, and transition issues. Also included are some suggestions for helping the child during the first few weeks of a new program. (DB)

Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Early Intervention, Evaluation Criteria, Guidelines, Infants, Parent Participation, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Program Evaluation, Selection, Teamwork, Toddlers, Visual Impairments

Author: Chen, Deborah; McCann, Mary Ellen


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