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Children with mental disabilities, Foster home care


The deinstitutionalization movement has challenged administrators and professionals to develop new methods of providing services to handicapped clients who reside in geographically dispersed areas. Geographic dispersion limits the frequency of direct contact with clients and increases dependency on parents or paraprofessionals for program implementation and data collection. A difficulty is that these direct service providers' program implementation or data collection efforts may be reinforced infrequently. This problem may be especially acute when the service recipients are severely or profoundly handicapped. Such individuals have slow rates of learning thus making it difficult for the service providers to discern progress.