Eleanor Smith

Author Credentials

Sister Eleanor Smith, O.S.F.

Date of Award


Document Type

Research Paper

Superseded Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (Special Religious Education)

Colleges & School

Cardinal Stritch College

Degree Granted By

Cardinal Stritch College

First Advisor

Sister Sheila Haskett, O.S.F.

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Religious education; Children with mental disabilities--Education (Elementary)


Since all are called to their fullest potential we can readily understand the importance of religious education in the development of each individual irregardless of his intellectual limitations. The Journey Within Us program stands as a model for what can be done for the mentally retarded and their families. The survey in this study indicates the needs of families from the point of view of the parents. For parents the needs in order of preference are: Educational Perspectives, Behavior Management Techniques, Family Acceptance, Placement After Death of Parents, Brother/Sister Relationships, Financial Concerns, Genetic Factors and Causes of Mental Retardation. For the siblings of the retarded the order of preference is: Understanding Mental Retardation, Early Training, Future Concerns, Acceptance of Parents' Attitudes and Hereditary Factors.


Open Access

Is this full-text open access?


Included in

Education Commons