ERIC Number: ED125163
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Nov
Perceptual Processing Development: Its Relation to Learning Disabilities. Section I.
Wepman, Joseph M.
Presented is a developmental concept of perceptual processing as related to learning disabilities in young children. Learning is seen to involve the interaction of cognitive developmental stages at the preverbal, verbal, and postverbal levels with learning disabilities seen to be due to perceptual handicaps. A model is offered which posits a hierarchy of learning capacities resulting from increasing differentiation of the nervous system and the importance of modality preference in matching instruction to the child. A perceptual test battery is described. Confirmation of the author's theories is seen in results of five field studies which investigated the development of perceptual processing, the modality distinction, and the reliability and validity of the test battery. Stressed is the importance of matching instruction to the child's individual learning style. The ignoring of individual differences in the development of perceptual adequacy is seen to be responsible for many learning disabilities. A chapter (reprinted from Issues on Classification of Children by N. Hobbs) focuses on the purposes of classification, evaluation and intervention with learning disabilities. Three detailed case histories are provided to illustrate the type of examination, diagnosis, and recommendations that can be made in evaluating a child's problem. Educational implications of the author's model are seen to involve early perceptual training and modality oriented instruction. (DB)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Chicago Univ., IL.
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