ERIC Number: ED116417
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
The Detection and Remediation of Learning Disabilities. Child Welfare Research and Demonstration Project. Final Report.
Bechtel, Leland P.
Reported are the final 2 years of a program which provided identification and remediation services for 60 potentially dyslexic preschool children and 45 dyslexic elementary grade children. Described for the preschool program are materials and evaluative devices and methods of remediation which stressed development of perceptual motor skills, applied skills, gross motor skills, and free play. Detailed are findings showing that the experimental group made 44 positive gains (out of 50 possible test scores) over the control group, 27 of which were significant, especially in such areas as the Wechsler full scale IQ, letter discrimination, word discrimination, copying, and figure ground perception. It is explained that methods of remediation in the 6-week program for elementary grade dyslexic students included daily instruction in reading, perceptual motor skills, gross motor skills, English composition, mathematics as well as weekly field trips. Reported are conclusions showing that experimental students gained significantly over control students in such areas as figure ground perception, arithmetic computation, reading accuracy, and visual tracking. An additional section provides subjective observations and interpretations on such program aspects as teacher qualities, pupil attitudes, test anxiety and overloading, self esteem, professional and public awareness, and problems such as failure to properly mainstream pupils. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Child Development (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Androscoggin County Task Force on Social Welfare, Inc., Lewiston, ME.
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