ERIC Number: ED112578
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
A Three-Dimensional Approach to Learning Disabilities in the Secondary School.
Turner, Marguerite T.; Watkins, Charlotte H.
Approximately 400 learning disabled (LD) junior high school students in eight schools were provided identification, diagnosis, and intervention services during 2 years of a program based on meeting students' needs for special help, mainstream success, and parental understanding. Program objectives included significant gains in language achievement, an increase in school attendance, and provision of information and counseling to parents. Among staff positions of the program were a speech and hearing specialist, a perceptual-motor specialist and the learning disabilities teachers. The program involved referral, screening, diagnosis, intervention, and evaluation components. Evaluation indicated that significant improvements attributable to project intervention occurred in the areas of achievement test performance, self concept, and mainstream performance. Additionally, parents indicated strong support for the home involvement aspect. Identified were 15 program strengths (such as the team approach to diagnosis and remediation) and program problems such as classroom teachers who were unfamiliar with needs of the LD child. The total cost of the program was $223,000 or $320 per student during the first year (1972-73). (Appended are lists of instructional materials and equipment and diagnostic instruments used in the program.) (DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Washington, D.C., March 30-April 3, 1975)