ERIC Number: ED026757
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1963-Apr
Reference Count: 0
An Exploratory Study of Children With Neurological Handicaps in School Districts of Los Angeles County.
Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools, CA.
A 6-year field study project was undertaken to try out some patterns of special education with neurologically handicapped children. Three phases emphasized these objectives: feasibility, class size, pupil safety, approval, incidence, referral, diagnosis, placement, curriculum, treatment, evaluation, teacher qualifications, parent reactions, expansion, demonstration, and research. In phase 2, 116 neurologically impaired children were placed in either special (64) or regular (52) classes. The special class group generally contained older (1/2 year) and more severe cases; boys outnumbered girls 7 to 1. After a 3-year attendance in a special class, 12 students were recommended for return to regular class (out of 19) while 15 out of 19 children in the regular classes were felt to need special class placement. Steady attendance for 2 years was in favor of special class students (86% to 40.4%). Parents of children in special classes attended meetings concerning their children more frequently than parents of regular class children (52% to 7%). Special class students seemed favored in the few cases of academic comparison although the children were about 3 years academically retarded. Recommendations were made for future research. (RP)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Attendance, Clinical Diagnosis, Exceptional Child Research, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Intelligence Tests, Learning Disabilities, Mainstreaming, Medical Evaluation, Minimal Brain Dysfunction, Neurological Impairments, Parent Participation, Sex Differences, Special Classes, Student Attitudes, Student Evaluation, Teacher Attitudes
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools, CA.