Die opleiding van geestelik vertraagde kinders binne die Suid–Afrikaanse onderwysstelsel met spesifieke verwysing na die E.S. le Grangesentrum
Jordaan, Johannes Christoffel
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The mentally retarded child as a member of society should enjoy equality of rights of existence just like any other individual created by God. This study endeavours to research the training needed for white mentally retarded children in the RSA and to what extent these needs are catered for. In a literature study an overview is given of relevant concepts and terminology concerning mental retardation. Concepts with reference to the Act for the training of mentally retarded children are used. Possible criteria for identifying mentally retarded children are proposed. These criteria should be present in a higher or lesser degree to confirm mental retardation. The utilization of these criteria are further discussed as aids in the formal classification of retardedness. The basic personal and social needs of the mentally retarded child are perused as well as the need for industrial orientation. Attention is then also given to the extent to which these needs are addressed in the RSA and the facilities for "education" and training of these children. The present criteria for admission and placement of these children in training centres is also discussed. An exemplary study of the E.S. le Grange centre for retarded children was done to illustrate the concepts mentioned. The history and development of the centre is described. An evaluation was made as to the extent the needs of the mentally retarded children at the centre are fulfilled in accordance with the background of Act no. 63 of 1974. It was found that this centre fully subscribed to the said act. Individual problem areas were however identified and suggestions put forward for their rectification.
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