With the increasing number of children diagnosed with various physical and developmental disabilities attending public schools, more park programs must be adapted to meet the needs of these special populations. A typical animal program was adapted for special populations based on literary and action based research and offered to five different grade school classes with mixed developmental and physical disabilities. This thesis reviews those techniques that were successful in creating a positive learning experience for children with Down’s Syndrome, autism, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, hearing impairment, sight impairment, and those with physical limitations and medical fragility. Based on this research, this thesis explores various techniques that can be used to help interpreters and environmental educators adapt programs. A training program for park professionals was then created and implemented based on the experience gained by offering these programs.
|Commitee:||Barnes, Joel, Duckert, Sandra|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||MAI 47/06M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Special education, Environmental science, Recreation|
|Keywords:||Autism, Disabilities, Park interpretation, Parks, Programs, Special needs|
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