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June 1968

The Shadow Children: A Book About Children's Learning Disorders

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Am J Dis Child. 1968;115(6):753-754. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1968.02100010755026

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Careth Ellingson is Special Assistant to the Director of McGlannan School for Dyslexic Children in Miami, Fla. The book is the result of overwhelming public response to a magazine article written for the Saturday Review by its Education Editor, James Cass, and Mrs. Ellingson. There is considerable anxiety in American homes today concerning education in general and, quite specifically, in homes containing children who cannot master the academic curriculum, in spite of having normal or average intelligence.

There has been a proliferation of articles on children with learning disorders in journals of pediatrics, psychiatry, psychology, education, and special education as well as in the more widely read professional journals, such as Look, Life, Time, Reader's Digest, etc.

In the schools we now have special classes for intelligent children who cannot learn. Their names are almost legion: classes for brain-injured children, minimal brain dysfunction, neurologically handicapped, educationally handicapped, perceptually handicapped,

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