Heredity and Ability: How Genetics Affects Your Child and What You Can Do about It

Heredity and Ability: How Genetics Affects Your Child and What You Can Do about It

Heredity and Ability: How Genetics Affects Your Child and What You Can Do about It

Heredity and Ability: How Genetics Affects Your Child and What You Can Do about It

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Two to three out of every hundred children will have difficulty progressing in the American educational system. These children may be classified as physically handicapped, mentally handicapped, or emotionally handicapped (Nelson, 1979, p. 158). Federal law has mandated that optimal educational and therapeutic services must be provided to these children (Wright, 1982; Cohen, 1982). Working with these children is simultaneously a rewarding and frustrating experience. Parents, teachers, therapists, school nurses, and school administrators must work together to provide the necessary services for handicapped children to optimize their development and education.

For about half of all severely mentally retarded children (I.Q. 40), it will be possible to identify a medical cause of their mental dysfunction (Kareggia et al., 1975; Gustavsonet et al., 1977; Laxova et al., 1977a,b). For children with more subtle forms of mental handicap, such as attention deficit disorder or learning disability, the per-

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