An excellent discussion of the problems the retarded child presents -- and the ways in which they can be handled- is...

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An excellent discussion of the problems the retarded child presents -- and the ways in which they can be handled- is intended primarily for parents, but also for physicians, teachers, social workers, etc. It is also meant not only to be informative- but also to re-orient attitudes which will destroy the sense of shame so many parents experience with their ""backward"" child. The chief handicaps and the forms they take; the variables of intelligence (often vs. educational opportunity) and the I.Q; heredity-usually not a responsible factor; the symptoms which the parent can recognize, and the people who may advise him; the question of the home as against institutional placement- and if an institution, the selective criteria to be applied and the costs; Job training; state and federal agencies; the confusion of emotional illness with real retardation; and finally the greatest deficiency of all- research-- all this offers many guideposts. Mr. Heiser who has spent 25 years in this field, writes with real concern and feeling as well as a practical understanding of the many problems which arise.

Pub Date: Aug. 22, 1955

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Publisher: Norton

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 1955