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March 1966

A Comprehensive Care Program for Children With Handicaps

Author Affiliations

From the departments of pediatrics, Western Reserve University School of Medicine and Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital, Cleveland.

Am J Dis Child. 1966;111(3):229-235. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1966.02090060039001

DURING THE PAST ten years, the health professions have become increasingly concerned with meeting the multiple needs of the child with handicaps.1,2 Recent publications have emphasized the apparent increase of incidence in the occurrence of single and multiple handicaps in children.3,4 The development of treatment programs which are comprehensive in scope has not kept pace with the needs presented by these patients.5

A definition of the patient population under discussion is essential for a clear understanding of the program presented. The child with a handicap is one with physical or intellectual deficits which result in deviations from the norm of expected growth and development. The deficiencies observed in the management of these patients have been encountered in the practices of both the generalists and the highly trained specialists. In the past, the generalist through his continuing contact with the patient and the family was able to provide much