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A UNL project has spent its first year serving
Nebraska and training students, according to Janet
Jensen coordinator of the University of Nebraska
Interdisciplinary Child Assessment Program
The program is an interdisciplinary approach to
analyzing "enigmatic" children across the state,
She defined "enigmatic" children as those whose
"problems are so complicated and so interlocked that
the people in the community are not able to handle
them (the problems)."
The children, suffering from what she called "a
variety of learning and behavior disorders," have been
hard to help, she said, since the problems have not .
been definable by a single professional.
"That's what's so exciting about this program,"
she said. Faculty members from five University
departments-the Graduate School of Social Work,
University Health Services, Division of Speech
Pathology and Audiology, Educational Psychological
Clinic and the Psychological Consultation
Center-work together to analyze the child's "pattern
of problems" in a multi-pronged attack, she said.
UNICAP also allows undergraduate students in the
five departments involved in the program to observe
the evaluation sessions with the children, and permits
graduate students to participate in the sessions,
A student observer, Kathleen Kavan, said she plans
to continue in the program because it gives her a
chance to see before graduation the way professionals
in her field, speech therapy, work.
She said she's also been impressed at "the different
approaches different disciplines use to analyze a
child," and "the variance in the child's behavior from
evaluation to evaluation.
"I would h"e put too much emphasis on a single
evaluation before I went through this," she said.
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i "Now I have more of a 'whole-lstic' approach."
Jensen said children are , referred to UNICAP
primarily through school counselors or nurses,, but
also by family physicians and social workers.
All applications are signed by the child's parent,
though, she said.
UNICAP has seen about 20 children this year,
Jensen said, ranging in age from two-and-one-half to
1 7 years, averaging about eight years. :
The children are seen by graduate students in each:
of the five divisions, Jensen said. They give the .
children tests, write reports on the tests and present;
the reports to a meeting-a "staffing"-of everyone
involved in the evaluations and any other
professionals who've worked with the child.
The graduate students are always supervised by a
faculty member, she added.
At the staff ings, each division presents its analysis
and proposals, and all discuss and contrast the child's
reaction to their particular tests, Jensen said.
"And sometimes the group comes up with a very '.
different conclusion collectively than any of the
divisions did alone," Jensen said. The collective
analysis is an advantage, she said, which lone
professionals seldom have.
Proposals that cover "anything under the sun" are
then offered to the child's parents, teachers and
doctors, Jensen said, plus help in implementing them.
A follow-up program is then maintained, and
UNICAP members periodically call to check on the
child, "or receive calls from parents yelling 'Help'," .
"Any problem (in a child) you can name, we've
seen," she said, including reading problems and
hyperactivity (shortened attention spans and an
excess of physical activity). Other problems include a
poor home environment, severe emotional disorders,
poor hearing and reading problems. In atidition,an
inability to verbally express ideas often leads teachers
to think a child doesn't know the answer instead of
just not being able to say it, she added.
She said the equally diverse proposals offered to
help the child have included medication, emphasis on
visual teaching techniques rather than verbal, or
advising teachers and parents to let a child work
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In its open forum, CSL heard a complaint
by foreign students! Arvind S. Iyer and
Emahi Behroos an ASUN senator) that the
UNL summer orientation program doesn't
serve the needs of foreign students. -
CSL member Ely Meyerson, interim
executive dean of Student Affairs, said he
has asked the foreign student office to
develop an orientation program with an
appropriate budget.: ;
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FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 1972
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