Seattle Conference on MBD; Orton Society Meets in Baltimore

January 1974
Journal of Learning Disabilities;Jan1974, Vol. 7 Issue 1, p56
Academic Journal
The article presents a report on two conferences related to reading disabilities. The Medical Horizons Conference on Minimal Cerebral Dysfunction (MBD) was held in Seattle, Washington. Certain realities regarding the MBD came into light at the Medical Horizons Conference held in Seattle on November 1 and 2, 1973. The stage was set for the dual emphasis on physical findings and educational treatment in the opening speeches of physicians Keith Conners, Norris Haring and Alfred Skinner. Physician Gilbert Omenn spoke on genetics and epidemiology, giving the protocol for genetic studies of MBD at the Child Development and Mental Retardation Center of the University of Washington. The role of the ophthalmologist in learning disabilities was well covered by physician Robert Kalina. The application of drugs in MBD was treated by physician J. Gordon Millichap. He emphasized that medication is an adjunct treatment; if teachers do not provide appropriate classroom intervention, the child won't improve in academic work. Both days of the conference ended with informal discussions. At their 24th annual conference in Baltimore, Maryland, the Orton Society created nine action task forces to help promote the study, treatment and prevention of the problems of specific language disability.


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