Date of Award


Document Type

Research Paper

Superseded Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (Education of Mentally Handicapped)

Colleges & School

Cardinal Stritch College

Degree Granted By

Cardinal Stritch College

First Advisor

Sister Gabrielle Kowalski, O.S.F.

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Special education teachers--Training of; Children with mental disabilities; Language arts (Primary)


The problem of providing for the specific reading needs of the mentally retarded is a challenge to the special teacher. The reading program for these children has to include the whole area of language arts in developing a reading program it must be kept in mind that the material presented be within the realm of their speaking vocabulary, interest and retention levels. It is the intent of the writer to present some reading approaches applicable to the mentally retarded. Among these approaches are: Phonics, Language Experience, Basal Reader, Initial Teaching Alphabet, Programmed Instruction, Teaching Machines, Audio-visual and Individualized.


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