Therapeutic Classes: The Israeli Concept of Resource Programs

Malka Margalit, Yael Mairance

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The effectiveness of resource programs is of critical importance for the mainstreaming of handicapped children. Efficacy studies have demonstrated the value of such programs in increasing academic achievement. The Israeli resource room (therapeutic class) defines the teacher's role as providing varied support services, promoting both mental health and academic achievement. The aim of the present study was to specify significant variables in the efficacy of the Israeli therapeutic class. Children improved in academic and behavioral areas; age, sex or causes of referral were not significantly associated with levels of improvement. The effect of the program on hyperactive children was limited. Levels of cooperation with the regular teacher, however, did differentiate significantly between improvement levels, endorsing the role of the regular teacher as an agent of change and promoter of goodwill for handicapped children attending regular classes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-91
Number of pages5
JournalThe Exceptional Child
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1983


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