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ERIC Number: ED138926
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-May
Reference Count: 0
Current Issues in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Reading Disabilities.
Harris, Albert J.
Current issues in reading diagnosis and remediation may be classified as political, diagnostic, and remedial. The main political issue in recent years has been the overlapping of the concepts of learning disability and reading disability and the consequent conflict of jurisdiction of reading specialists and learning disability specialists. This overlapping may be solved if new, federally proposed criteria for identifying learning disabilities are adopted. Current diagnostic trends involve the search for deviant brain functioning as a cause of reading disability. With regard to dianostic procedures, there is fairly general agreement that the reading specialist should concentrate on analysis of a child's reading and closely related skills and should refer the minority of nonresponding cases to multidisciplinary centers or clinics for more detailed study. Remedial procedures include the use of behavior modification, many of the principles of which have been practiced by remedial teachers for many years. Probably the main current issue in remedial teaching is how best to use the reading specialist's time: gradually, the reading specialist is spending more time as a consultant and supervisor and less time in direct teaching. (GW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association (22nd, Miami Beach, Florida, May 2-6, 1977)