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February 1952

Teaching the Retarded Child at Home.

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By Edna Davidson Osterhout, B.A. Price, $2.50. Pp. 67, with more than 35 unnumbered illustrations. Seeman Printery, Inc., Durham, N. C., 1950.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1952;83(2):270. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1952.02040060136013

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The author is a teacher of handicapped children at the Brett School, Dingman's Ferry, Pa. A preface by Dr. W. C. Davison, Professor of Pediatrics, Duke University School of Medicine, states that there are nearly one million mentally retarded children in the United States. Many are tragic "in-betweens" who are not quite eligible to enter special schools but are also not so retarded that they have to be committed to institutions for the feebleminded. These children have the ability to learn, however slowly, and the purpose of this book is to bring teaching to these handicapped children at home.

The book has been planned so that home teaching is available without extra expense for equipment or materials or any specially trained teachers. It includes exercises in reading, writing, spelling, and arithmetic and also lists a number of special magazines, and books appropriate for these handicapped children. It is a step

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