A Human Development View Of Learning Disabilities: From by Corrine E., Ph.D. Kass, Cleborne D. Maddux

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His work lacked the knowledge of the central nervous system now available to researchers and clinicians, but is none-the-less valuable as foundational. An organization called The Orton Society still carries on the tradition; however, the work of this society is better known by specialized clinicians than by teachers in school settings. Alfred A. ” These characteristics included: (1) perceptual disorders, (2) perseveration, (3) thinking or conceptual disorders, (4) behavioral disorders, (5) slight neurological signs, (6) history of neurological impairment, and (7) no history of mental retardation in the family.

Coincidentally, they were late in developing a preference for either hand. Stuttering was sometimes a by-product. Developmental Apraxia (Abnormal Clumsiness). In this condition, the child was incapable of carrying out any complex movement of hand, foot, or body, with a lack of skill on both sides. It appeared to Orton that the child was neither right-sided nor left-sided and therefore was doubly handicapped. Orton made it clear that this syndrome did not always lead to language difficulties. Combined or Mixed Syndromes.

Causes of the Problems As mentioned before, pioneer work in the field of learning disabilities was begun by physicians, psychologists, and educators who adapted the adult model of brain injury with resultant aphasias. Since most of the problems seen in children could not be traced directly to a known brain injury, a diffuse brain damage was postulated. The symptoms noted in the syndromes described above were thought to be manifestations of central nervous system dysfunction. The result of the linear hypothesis that biological deficits are the root of uncontrollable behavioral outbursts by the child has led to a search for treatment that is directly related to those biological deficits.

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