ERIC Number: ED027956
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1968-May-25
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The Need for a Multi-Dimensional Approach to Learning Disabilities. A Multi-Disciplinary Symposium on Dyslexis and Associated Learning Disabilities.
Blom, Gaston E.
Learning disabilities are generally due to a variety of disorders, from the biological to the environmental. Unfortunately, today, the tendency exists to seize upon one such disorder and to investigate the learning disability concept in that narrow view only. Evidence, however, suggests that a multifactor approach should be used and that system concepts and models should be developed to understand learning disability as a multidimensional disorder. One problem with such an approach is the difficulty in effecting a commonality of effort among the many professional disciplines involved in the subject of learning disability. In short, it might be said that there are difficulties in (1) conceptualizing multidimensionality: (2) deciding on the approach to use; and (3) applying the multidimensional approach, once it is decided upon. On the basis of knowledge gained from an integrated systems approach used at the day care center at the University of Colorado Medical Center in Denver, it may be possible to create a coordinated plan to utilize the efforts of the various professional groups and to institute cross-communication between them, in order to establish the integrated approach necessary to the investigation and treatment of multidimensional learning disabilities. (WD)
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Sponsor: Grant Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Valparaiso Univ., IN.