ERIC Number: ED027960
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Apr-27
Reference Count: 0
The Concept, "Perceptually Handicapped," Its Assets and Limitations.
Blom, Gaston E.
Perception is a process by which simple and complex information (stimuli) is experienced. We gain information about how such stimulus inputs are experienced by a child, for example, by his responses or outputs. Outputs are in the form of vocalizations and motor acts. Thus, the perceptual process is frequently called perceptual-motor. But the concern is not only with inputs and outputs, but with what goes on in between. This process is cognition; that is, cognition is the process of the input being organized and processed within the mind for a response. Therefore, a perceptual-cognitive-motor (PCM) process is involved. The term "perceptual handicaps" refers to deviations in this process from the expected norms at a given age. Learning disabilities constitute the whole of which perceptual handicaps are a part. Perceptual handicaps do not necessarily indicate central nervous system damage; a deprived environment can affect the development of a child's perception, language, and cognition. Important to remedial PCM training procedures is the effective use of motivation to learn. Performance on tests and general behavior indexes should be considered in evaluation a child's PCM skills. (WD)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Grant Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Colorado Univ., Denver. Medical Center.
Note: Paper presented at the Perceptually Handicapped Child Workshop of the Colorado State Dept. of Education and the Colorado Nurses' Association, April 27, 1968