Author Credentials

Sister Mary Helen Grandetty, V.S.C.

Date of Award


Document Type

Research Paper

Superseded Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (Education of Mentally Handicapped)

Colleges & School

Cardinal Stritch College

Degree Granted By

Cardinal Stritch College

First Advisor

Sister Mary Theodore, O.S.F.

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Children with mental disabilities; Leisure


Mentally handicapped children receive academic education in special education classes or special schools where they are taught all they can absorb according to their individual capabilities. Those concerned with their education try to impart knowledge that will prepare the retarded to become useful citizens. If these less fortunate children are to be wholly educated, they must be taught to participate in the recreational activities offered them and to make proper use of their leisure time. Significantly enough, living with their leisure time seems to be the great challenge facing the retarded whether he happens to be a young child, an adolescent, or an adult. Since this challenge poses a problem deserving consideration and investigation it is the writer's purpose to determine what "recreational" and "leisure time" opportunities are available for the enrichment of the lives of the mentally retarded.


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