Role of Special Pediatric Evaluation in the Evaluation of a Child with Learning Disabilities

Keele, Doman K.; Keele, Marjorie S.; Huizinga, Raleigh J.; Bray, Nancy; Estes, Robert; Holland, Lana
January 1975
Journal of Learning Disabilities;Jan1975, Vol. 8 Issue 1, p47
Academic Journal
Two pediatric specialists, utilizing nine pediatric factors, diagnosed learning disabilities correctly in 91% of the cases evaluated but overdiagnosed it in 30% of nonlearning disabled children. The following were present in a significantly higher percentage of cases of learning disabled children compared to nonlearning disabled children: significant high risk conditions for brain damage or dysfunction in the medical history, minor neurological dysfunction, obesity, teacher and parents reporting a learning disability in the child, poorly drawn two-dimensional figures, and delayed word recognition. Evaluation by a pediatric specialist in learning disabilities is indicated in the learning disabled child with motor hyperactivity and in certain other instances. Since an evaluation by a specialist in learning disabilities is not possible in every learning disabled child, a procedure for referral is suggested.


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