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Volume 5, Issue 1 (1976)

"Learning Disabled" or "Slow Learner"?

pp. 32—35

To most parents and teachers the diagnostic label “learning disabilities” has become an optimistic diagnosis. It implies that the child’s educational problems are temporary, that constructive action can be taken and that the outcome will be favorable. Consequently, the identification of a child as learning disabled has a positive influence on attitudes toward that child and particularly on adults’ expectations for the child. It is easy to understand why learning disabled is the preferred diagnosis of most informed parents and of many teachers and psychologists.

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