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April 1964

The Diagnosis and Treatment of Speech and Reading Problems.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1964;71(4):598. doi:10.1001/archopht.1964.00970010614029

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The essence of this pretentious book has already been presented in a national magazine (Delay, J.: Return to Babyhood, Life 55:31 [No. 8, Aug 23] 1963). That is, that teaching a child the "right" way to sleep, creep, crawl, walk, hear, and use his eyes, recapitulating the proper ontogenetic sequence, causes a "reorganization" of the nervous system. This "reorganization" of the nervous system then has a salutary effect on the child with speech and reading problems, brain damage, asphasia, stuttering, strabismus, etc. I will concentrate on the author's treatment of strabismus, since this is representative of the quality of the entire book.

The author claims to have successfully treated 204 of 287 children with strabismus with the following techniques or slight variations: The patients practice crawling ten minutes each day. They are taught a right-sided sleep pattern. They practice visual pursuit of three types: (a) The left eye pursues a

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