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ERIC Number: ED264682
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Chronological Age and the Identification of Learning Disabilities.
Erion, R. Joel
Children are generally identified as learning disabled as a result of their achievement and perceptual skills below an expectancy level which is based on mental age, grade level and/or chronological age. Despite its usefulness, Maturity is infrequently considered. The ages at entrance to school of a group of 67 learning disabled (LD) students (7-12 years old) and a group of 67 systematically selected students from the same school district (Oil City Area, Pennsylvania) were examined and compared. The LD group showed a moderate tendency to be younger than their peers when starting school. This seemed to indicate that immature, developmentally young children were at risk of being identified as learning disabled. Retention or staying home for an extra year before entering school is presented as a viable alternative to being identified as handicapped. The importance of individual assessment to determine school entrance is stressed. (Author/CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A