The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

1997 OPEN FORUM Abstracts

Development of Age-Specific Education Material

Melva Proudlock, RRT, Saturday, December 6, 1997.

There are many health education programs available but few incorporate developmental theory into the planning process and thus fail to demonstrate relevant behavior changes. When planning a program, consideration could be given to the two dimensions of developmental appropriateness: age appropriateness and individual appropriateness. Children develop through different stages and each stage represents distinct abilities and attitudes. Education programs that take into account the developmental stage of the child is referred to as 'age appropriate.' Programs that are responsive to the student's unique pattern of growth denotes 'individual appropriateness.'

The topic "Developmentally Appropriate Health Education Programs" will stress the educational principles derived from developmental theory and research applied to program planning and implementation. This lecture will attempt to transcend the philosophy to address the practical components of programming that reflect the characteristics and needs of the youth they serve.

AARC 50th Anniversary, December 6 - 9, 1997, New Orleans, Louisiana.

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