ERIC Number: ED025894
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Sep
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Visual and Auditory Learning Processes in Normal Children and Children with Specific Learning Disabilities. Final Report.
McGrady, Harold J.; Olson, Don A.
To describe and compare the psychosensory functioning of normal children and children with specific learning disabilities, 62 learning disabled and 68 normal children were studied. Each child was given a battery of thirteen subtests on an automated psychosensory system representing various combinations of auditory and visual intra- and intersensory conditions for verbal, nonverbal-nonsocial, and nonverbal-social stimuli. Comparisons were made between the normal children and the two types of learning disability groups (a school learning disability group and a clinic learning disability group). Two age groups of children were considered: 8-year-olds and 9-year-olds. The clinic learning disabilities appeared to have more acute disorders as a group than the school-derived population of learning disabilities. They made significantly more errors on verbal psychosensory functions, regardless of the sensory conditions. In addition, the 9-year-old group displayed significant problems of an auditory intrasensory nature. There was a generalized failure of the clinic learning disabilities to perform the tasks with speed equivalent to their comparison groups. The use of response time criteria seemed encouraging as an area for future investigation but test batteries need revision as items may have been too easy. (Author/RP)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL.