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ERIC Number: ED253982
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Latchkey and Learning Disabled: Some Problems to Consider.
Rhodes, Sharyn S.; Long, Lynette N.
Learning disabled children make up part of the population of "latchkey children," those who spend all or part of their before and after school hours alone. These learning disabled latchkey children experience special problems because of their unique learning and behavior characteristics. The paper discusses the specific problems facing learning disabled children in self-care experiences, including heightened levels of fear, difficulty in dealing with large amounts of unstructured time, social isolation and inadequate problem-solving strategies. The learning disabled child in self-care is at risk when alone and will require set routines, explicit instructions and alternative procedures. If possible it is better for learning disabled children to be in the care of others; if not, they will need additional support and guidance to stay alone, even for short periods of time. (CL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Latchkey Children