ERIC Number: ED251748
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov-4
Reference Count: 0
Applying Clinical Neuropsychology in the Public Schools.
Federhar, David B.
Neuropsychology is an area in which the functioning or integrity of the brain is linked to measurable human behavior. This paper describes the use of the Reitan batteries (Reitan and Davison; 1974) in public school settings for documenting and prescribing appropriate academic programs. Three individual case studies are presented. Case 1 is a 16 1/2-year-old male, who was placed in a foster home after severe family upheaval. The results of the evaluation showed greater impairments in problem solving than would be expected from psychological and neuropsychological scores. A program focusing more on his emotional than academic needs was recommended. Case 2 is a 10-year-old girl with Turner's Syndrome (a chromosomal abnormality). The neuropsychological evaluation showed higher level functioning on indicators of brain integrity than would be expected from her psychometric scores. Her inclass program was shifted toward one resembling that of a learning disabilities child with a visual-spatial orientation deficiency. Case 3 is an Arabic adolescent who had spent years in trainable or educable mentally handicapped programs, based on nonverbal assessments. The neuropsychological evaluation showed severe dysfunction on all tests. This led to the premise that his previously measured strengths were not indicators of academic potential but merely unexpected skills. Neuropsychological evaluations, although a time- and material-expensive procedure, can provide another dimension for understanding human potential and planning educational programs. (LLL)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Reitan Neuropsychological Batteries
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association (Tucson, AZ, November 4, 1983).