Issues in the Educational Programming for Learning Disabled Children

  • Doris J. Johnson


During the past thirty years there has been a sizeable increase in the number and type of services for exceptional children in the United States, particularly for those with learning disabilities. While there were programs for the deaf, the blind, mentally retarded, physically handicapped and speech impaired during the 1950s, only minimal attention was given to children with specific learning deficits. Furthermore, most services were provided either in special schools or in self-contained classes. Fortunately, there were a few pioneers who recognized the needs of certain children who did not fit with the traditional categories of exceptionality. For example, Strauss and his colleagues (Strauss & Lehtinen, 1947; Strauss & Kephart, 1955) were concerned with a population of “brain injured” children who had various perceptual, behavior, and learning problems. Orton (1937) and his colleagues were particularly concerned with dyslexia and related language disorders. At the same time, Myklebust (1954), McGinnis (1963), Eisenson (1960), Benton (1959) and others worked with children who were classified as aphasic.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Doris J. Johnson
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  1. 1.Learning Disabilities CenterNorthwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA

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