The Child in the Middle

O'Gara, Mary Jane
June 1974
Journal of Learning Disabilities;Jun/Jul1974, Vol. 7 Issue 6, p353
Academic Journal
Parents of children with specific learning disabilities will recognize the "child in the middle." He is their boy or girl who doesn't seem to pay attention in school... who would succeed, his teachers tell them, "if he would only try harder." They know he is trying harder than his brothers or sisters who found school so easy. They know how unhappy he is because he can't please teacher and them. They wish his teacher could know him as they do. In the "Child in the Middle," the author, a mother, describes the daily frustrations faced by these children and their families in an attempt to give those who work with the learning disabled some added insight into the problems that are common to many of these children. The author urges a close working relationship between the home, school and medical communities to find a solution to the sometimes intolerable position in which these children find themselves – in the middle, between parent and teacher. The "child in the middle" might be yours. He is an individual. He deserves to be treated as one.


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