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August 1969

Differential Diagnosis of Speech and Hearing Problems of Mental Retardates.

Arch Neurol. 1969;21(2):226. doi:10.1001/archneur.1969.00480140126018

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This book contains the proceedings of a "workshop" held under the auspices of the Catholic University of America. After an unexceptionable (if unexceptional) introduction on the neurological causes of retardation by Richmond Paine, the bulk of the book is taken up with a discussion of audiology, psychometric testing and the evaluation of the speech and language of retarded children.

The clinical neurologist has two particular interests as regards the psychological testing of retarded children. First, do we have means of predicting retardation and learning disability in the very young child? This question is most important in the field of adoption, where the desire of the psychiatrist for early adoption must be balanced against the neurologist's difficulty in saying that a child is or is not brain-damaged: in addition, educational authorities would like to estimate the intelligence of children in kindergarten, in order to channel them as quickly as possible into

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