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Mary M. Wood Papers

Mary M. Wood Papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Mary M. Wood Papers
Creator: Wood, Mary M.
Inclusive Dates: 1966-2015
Language(s): English
Extent: 4 box(es) (3.5 linear feet)
Collection Number: RBRL381
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.

Collection Description

Historical Note

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.

Scope and Content

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.

Organization and Arrangement

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.

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Preferred citation

The Mary M. Wood Papers, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

User Restrictions

Library acts as "fair use" reproduction agent.

Copyright Information

Before material from collections at the Richard B. Russell Library may be quoted in print, or otherwise reproduced, in whole or in part, in any publication, permission must be obtained from (1) the owner of the physical property, and (2) the holder of the copyright. It is the particular responsibility of the researcher to obtain both sets of permissions. Persons wishing to quote from materials in the Russell Library collection should consult the Director. Reproduction of any item must contain a complete citation to the original.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding Aid prepared by Angelica Marini, 2016.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Developmental therapy
People with disabilities -- Education.
People with disabilities -- Georgia.
People with disabilities -- Government policy.
People with disabilities -- Services for.

Related Collections in this Repository

Georgia Disability History Archive

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


Series I. Developmental Therapy Teaching and Outreach, 1966-2015

Series I. Developmental Therapy Teaching (DTT) and Outreach includes materials related to Dr. Wood's early work on DTT and its development at the Rutland Center in Athens, Georgia. The series contains other outreach materials like flyers, brochures, and newsletters related to DTT and the Georgia Psychoeducational Center Network. Materials in the series date from 1966 to 2015.
11Our Beginning September 1966-1979 Book One, 1966-1979
12Our Beginning September 1980-1998 Book Two, 1980-1998
13[Our Beginning Scrapbook Addition], 1999
21[We Grow Kids- Georgia Psychoeducational Center Network], 1973, 1976-1977
22[Georgia Psychoeducational Center Network Materials], 1981-1992
23Rutland History, 1978
24[Network News], 1973-1974
25[Developmental Therapy Newsletter], 1975-1982
26[Develop-mentions (Newsletter)], 1988-1997
27[Develop-mentions (Newsletter)], 1998-2001
28Flyers- Samples, undated
29[Miscellaneous], 1974-2009
210Report of the Study Commission on Mental Health Services for Children and Youth, 1973
211A Case Study of the Rutland Center, 1973
212Strategies for Managing Severe Problem Behavior While Fostering Emotional Growth, 1976
213International Perspectives on Future Special Education [Conference publication], 1978 June 23-25
214Perspectives for a New Decade, 1981
215Yesterday's Dreams Tomorrow's Directions [conference publication], 1991 April 1-5
216[Mary Wood nomination for Council for Exceptional Children award], 2007
217[Conference Materials], 2007-2008
218[Athens Publications], 1990, 1992
219[Educational publications], 2013, 2015
220Syllabus: EXC 501/701, undated
221Exploring Mental Health Parameters, 1974
222Total Mental Health Services, 1974
223Early Intervention Program Resource Guide, 1976
224Outreach- Replicating Services for Young Handicapped Children, 1975
225It's Monday Morning, 1976
226Celebrating the Past- Preparing for the Future, 1989
227Twenty-five Years of Developmental Therapy Developmental Teaching, 1996

Series II. Grants, 1981-2005

Series II. Grants includes reports and application materials on the numerous grants that Dr. Wood administered over the course of her career. Grant materials are related to DTT, leadership training programs, autism education, and regional training programs. Materials date from 1981 to 2005.
228Final Performance Report [Preservice Instructional Model for Developmental Therapy], 1981-1984
229Model Implementation (special project), Preservice Instructional Model for DTT, 1983-84
230Preparation of Leadership Personnel (abstract), 1983-84
231Summer Institute in the Education of Severely Emotionally Disturbed Children and Youth, 1985-86
232Preparation of Special Educators in the Area of Autism. Handicapped Personnel Preparation Program, 1985-86
233Summer Institute in the Education of Severely Emotionally Disturbed Children and Youth (Continuation application-year two - 1987), 1987
234-35Rutland - Developmental Therapy Outreach Project, 1989-1992
31Georgia Developmental Therapy Preschool Outreach Program, 1990-1993
32Developmental Therapy-Developmental Teaching Outreach Project, 1996
33Developmental Therapy-Developmental Teaching an Outreach Project for Children with Severe Disabilities, 1996 - 1999
34Developmental Therapy-Developmental Teaching an Outreach Project for Children with Severe Disabilities (Final Performance Report), 1996-1999
35Developmental Therapy-Developmental Teaching an Outreach Project for Young Children with Social-emotional-behavioral Disabilities, 1998-1999
36Project Pegs! Practices in Effective Guidance Strategies (original proposal), 1998
37Launching the State Improvement Grant, #10 (b), 1999-2000
38-9Project Pegs! Practices in Effective Guidance Strategies, 1999-2002
310-11Developmental Therapy-Teaching Model Outreach for Troubled Children and Teens through a Regional Trainers Network, 1999-2001
312Developmental Teaching for Social-emotional Competence and Character Development of Elementary School Students, 2003
313A Systems Approach to Developmentally-based IEP Instruction of Students with Emotional Disturbance, 2005

Series III. Developmental Theory Publications, 1972-2011

Series III. includes materials about DTT and contains resource guides authored by Dr. Wood, reflective works on DTT and its influence, as well as other projects. Materials in the series dates from 1972 to 2011.
41The Rutland Center Model for Treating Emotionally Disturbed Children, 1972
42Developmental Therapy, 1st edition, 1975
43Developmental Art Therapy, 1st edition., 1977
44The Developmental Therapy Objectives, 1979
45Music in Developmental Therapy, 1976
46Developmental Therapy Sourcebook, Volume I, 1981
47Developmental Therapy Sourcebook, Volume II, 1981
48Developmental Therapy in the Classroom, 2nd edition, 1986
49Life Space Intervention, 1991
410Developmental Therapy -- Developmental Teaching, 3rd edition, 1996
411Twenty-Five Years of Developmental Therapy - Developmental Teaching, 1996
412Documenting Effectiveness, 1998
413Teaching Responsible Behavior, 4th edition, 2007
414Developmental Art Therapy in the Classroom, 2nd Edition, 2010
415Circle Time Learning, 2011