Normalizing services for children with special needs

Gary B. Mesibov, Annette M. La Greca, Gary B. Mesibov

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Dissatisfaction with residential programs and the influence of the normalization principle have led to the development of many community-based programs for mentally retarded, emotionally disturbed and delinquent youths. Unfortunately, these programs have not generally been much more effective than their residential counterparts in preparing their children for worthwhile and productive lives in the community. In this paper, six areas are discussed as important for successful community programs and proposed as targets for future prevention, education and treatment efforts. These include the family, sexuality, leisure activities, social and interpersonal skills, the community and program continuity. Within each of these areas, specific suggestions for both prevention and remediation efforts are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-15
Number of pages13
JournalCommunity Mental Health Review
Issue number1-4
StatePublished - Jul 13 1980
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology


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