ERIC Number: ED245449
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Perceptual Assessment: Superstition or Truth. A Report to Implement Assembly Bill 933.
Bradfield, Robert H.; And Others
The project, mandated by the California State Legislature, selected 61 children (7-14 years old) identified as mentally retarded, emotionally disturbed, or learnining disabled in five school districts to examine the process of identifying children with exceptional needs and the extent of misdiagnosis. Independent assessments were performed by evaluation teams composed of neurologists, pediatricians, opthalmologists, audiologists, optometrists, and educators. Among findings were that marked differences occurred in the evaluations of team members regarding the adequacy of existing assessments on the study children; team members identified relatively few instances of oversight in which perceptual difficulties had been overlooked in placement; the multidisciplinary assessment indicated considerable disagreement among specialties; and there was striking overall agreement regarding whether or not the individualized education programs were appropriate. Three recommendations were produced, including that testing for central auditory dysfunction become part of the auditory screening procedure for children in special education. (CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento. Div. of Special Education.
Authoring Institution: San Francisco State Univ., CA. Dept. of Special Education.
Note: Appendix 6 removed, some tables may not reproduce.