ERIC Number: ED260544
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Feb-10
Reference Count: N/A
Learning Disabilities and the Preschool Child: A Position Paper of the National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities.
National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities, Baltimore, MD.
The position paper of the National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities (NJCLD) examines issues in identification and intervention with regard to preschool learning disabled children. Identification issues cluster around at-risk indicators, the importance of systematic observations, and the use of screening instruments and procedures such as testing, teacher rating scales, and locally constructed measures. Assessment during the preschool years is considered in terms of domains. The importance of interdisciplinary approaches is stressed. An examination of service delivery focuses on the availability of program and service options and periodic reviews of the child's status. Family support services are suggested to include assistance in understanding and accepting the child's problems and in selecting programs. Personnel preparation needs are seen to include competency standards and education of medical and other related service providers in identifying and referring preschoolers with suspected deficits. Eight recommendations are offered, including the institution of systematic identification programs for all preschoolers, availability of early intervention programs for all preschoolers with identified developmental deficits, and recognition of the unique requirements of non-English or limited English speaking children. Member organizations of NJCLD and their representatives participating in the draft of this paper are listed at the conclusion. (CL)
Descriptors: Delivery Systems, Family Programs, Handicap Identification, Learning Disabilities, Position Papers, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Screening Tests, Student Evaluation, Teacher Education
National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities, Orton Dyslexia Society, 724 York Road, Baltimore, MD 21204.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities, Baltimore, MD.