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July 31, 1967

Learning Problems— Interdisciplinary Approach

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Evanston, Ill

JAMA. 1967;201(5):332. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130050066030

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To the Editor:—  The child who has difficulty learning in school is attracting great concern from pediatricians, ophthalmologists, neurologists, educators, psychologists, and even governmental agencies, plus nonmedically trained personnel. How can these children be identified, and what measures are of value in aiding these children? Each discipline has its own theories and projects, but the child can benefit most from an interdisciplinary approach. The activities of each specialist must be coordinated with an understanding of the others' findings, and the language and test results must be uniformly understood, so that a cooperative effort can be instituted to salvage these children. There are too many cultists operating in our communities who promise to aid these children through a series of treatments that most parents cannot afford. The parents are anxious to cooperate in any manner to correct the problem and are especially gullible to those who offer a "sure-fire" method of