ERIC Number: ED249703
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar-1
Reference Count: 0
Implementation of a Program for the Prevention of Learning Disabilities.
Silver, Archie A.
The paper describes Florida's SEARCH and TEACH program designed to prevent learning disabilities and their emotional consequences in children. SEARCH, a scanning test to identify kindergarten children at risk for problems with academic learning, is based upon the importance of age appropriate functions of spatial orientation and temporal organization for later language arts and reading. Ten subtests of SEARCH assess functioning in visual spatial orientation, visual-motor function, and in body image orientation as seen in right-left discrimination, finger-gnosis, and praxis. Auditory sequencing and discrimination are also measured, along with intermodal integration of these functions. Test norms (including development of local norms) and interpretation are discussed as are administration aspects. The TEACH component features 55 tasks designed to train out the deficits uncovered by SEARCH; these tasks are organized in five clusters: visual, visual-motor, auditory, body image, and intermodal tasks. The tasks are arranged in a developmental sequence of increasing difficulty and participants are trained in those areas in which they have difficulty. Problems in implementing the TEACH program are described and solutions, such as the use of trained aides, group techniques, and alternative organizations (transitional programs and resource rooms), are outlined. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Association for Children and Adults with Learning Disabilities (21st, New Orleans, LA, February 28-March 2, 1984).