|Title: Mary M. Wood Papers|
|Creator: Wood, Mary M.|
|Extent: 4.0 boxes (3.5 linear feet)|
|Collection Number: RBRL/381|
|Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies|
|Abstract: Mary M. Wood is an educator, researcher and founder of the Developmental Therapy Institute, which focuses on training, research, development and outreach in Developmental Therapy-Teaching (DTT). Her papers document her work to improve the lives of troubled children, teens, and their families through effective interventions and includes publications, research and grant files.|
Dr. Mary Wood began teaching special needs students in the 1950s and graduated from the University of Georgia with a doctorate in Education in 1963. Her early work focused on developing a training program that could serve as a model site for learning that could serve as an example and expand throughout the state. At the time there were no educational facilities or programs for emotionally or behaviorally disturbed youths- except at state hospitals. In 1970, Dr. Wood became Director of the Rutland Center, an educational clinic in Athens that opened in 1964 as part of the University of Georgia’s “Special Education Clinic for Disturbed Children.” At the Rutland Center, Dr. Wood created the model center of therapy, teaching, and training that she had envisioned. By the end of the decade there were over twenty special education centers that used Dr. Wood’s methods and models and were coordinated in the Georgia Psychoeducational Center Network, which continues to exist today as the Georgia Network for Educational and Therapeutic Support (GNETS).
Dr. Wood developed a method and model of training that combined special education with mental health treatment for children, adolescents, and young adults. Her ideas and system were known as Developmental Therapy Teaching (DTT) and it stressed stages and levels of learning that focused on individuals needs from students with special needs. DTT became a national and international model for teaching children with special needs. Dr. Wood has published extensively and presented on the subject of DTT and her work in the field of special education. Her work continues to be an important source for educators, teachers, and students in the field.
The Mary M. Wood Papers contain materials related to Dr. Wood’s work in the field of special education and mental health. The papers include scrapbooks related to her early work at the Rutland Center in Athens, GA and her work on Developmental Teaching Therapy. The papers include documents related to her long career as an educator and innovator and include brochures, resource guides, grant materials, and conference papers and presentations.
The Mary M. Wood Papers are arranged into three series: Series I. Developmental Therapy Teaching and Outreach, Series II. Grants, and Series III. Developmental Theory Publications.
Collection is open for research.
The Mary M. Wood Papers, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.
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Finding aid prepared by Angelica Marini, 2016.