ERIC Number: ED203605
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Steps to Independence for People with Learning Disabilities.
The booklet is designed to help learning disabled (LD) adults become economically independent and fulfill their potential. Introductory chapters define LD and specify such types of LD as auditory perceptual problems, catastrophic responses, directional problems, disinhibition, perceptual problems, and short term memory problems. Psychological effects of never being diagnosed are noted as well as potential dangers of being labeled. Suggestions for securing a professional diagnosis and for diagnosing one's self are given. Parents are encouraged to find practical solutions to family life problems and to teach independent living skills. Vocational aspects are examined, including searching for a job, choosing the right one, and being proud of one's job. Ideas are listed for analyzing strengths and weaknesses to overcome one's own handicap. The importance of social skills training is stressed. Practical coping strategies for dealing with perceptual problems (visual perception, dyslexia, and auditory perception) and central nervous system disorganization (directionality, hyperactivity, disinhibition, catastrophic response, and perseveration) are addressed. A final chapter lists sources of further information, professional help, and self help groups. (CL)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Adults, Clinical Diagnosis, Coping, Daily Living Skills, Dyslexia, Employment, Hyperactivity, Interpersonal Competence, Learning Disabilities, Neurological Impairments, Perceptual Handicaps, Perceptual Motor Coordination, Vocational Adjustment
Closer Look, Parents' Campaign for Handicapped Children and Youth, Box 1492, Washington, DC 20013 (Free).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Parents Campaign for Handicapped Children and Youth, Washington, DC. Closer Look.
Identifiers: Independence Training