ERIC Number: ED023755
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1968-May
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A Case History in the Treatment of Academic Failure: Some Suggestions for Professionals in Work/Training Programs for the Disadvantaged.
A case history of a 16-year-old Puerto Rican male high school dropout is presented to illustrate the visual-perception difficulties resulting in illiteracy and academic failure. The boy had had a number of years of formal schooling without learning any of the basic skills. Neither the academic nor the work training programs at Mobilization for Youth were able to remedy the problem, in part because neither unit recognized the deep-seated perceptual difficulty. Lack of intercommunication between the two programs about the boy's learning failures also hampered a successful outcome. Finally, the vocational counselor terminated all plans for his further education and placed him in a full-time job which did not require literacy in any language. This case study points out the need for early identification of perceptual handicaps, with referrals to specialists for diagnosis and treatment. Although there are a few agencies which can provide the appropriate help for such dropouts, it is nevertheless important to identify this type of disadvantage so that special programs and treatment methods can be developed. (NH)
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Authoring Institution: Mobilization for Youth, Inc., New York, NY.