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Article
October 1986

Controversial Approaches to Treating Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit Disorder

Author Affiliations

From the National Institute of Dyslexia, Chevy Chase, Md.

Am J Dis Child. 1986;140(10):1045-1052. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1986.02140240091033
Abstract

• It is estimated that between 3% and 7% of children and adolescents in this country—up to 4 million—are learning disabled. Of this group, about 20% also have attention deficit disorder. Many professionals in multiple disciplines have proposed treatment approaches. When research has been done to support the approach, the reports and data may be published in journals not normally read by the practicing physician. When research data are not available, the information may be in a popular book, newspapers, or lay magazines or on television. Thus, parents may know of ideas and suggestions before the professional in clinical practice. These acceptable and controversial approaches to treatment are reviewed. It is understandable that a parent would seek out improved ways of helping his or her child. I reviewed the significant literature in an effort to assist the practicing physician in providing appropriate parental guidance and clinical interventions.

(AJDC 1986;140:1045-1052)

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