Author Credentials

Sister M. Julian Kleekamp, C.PP.S.

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Superseded Degree Name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

Children with mental disabilities--Education (Elementary); Reading (Primary); Learning disabled children--Education


The task of the reading teacher is very challenging, especially when working with the mentally retarded. The purpose of this paper is to describe certain reading methods that can be used in teaching the mentally retarded so that they can achieve to the limits of their capacity. These methods and skills are the same as those taught to normal children, but taught and retaught in different ways. In other words, the mentally retarded must be over-taught. The teacher must be careful not to measure global reading progress only but rather to identify specifically what a reader has or has not learned, whether he is learning at a rate commensurate with ability, and what kinds of reteaching may be necessary. We must also work much harder at helping youngsters establish their own purposes for wanting to read. Perhaps one of the greatest motivations for the slow learner is experiencing the enjoyment that can be realized from the reading process. To know this enjoyment the reader must often-have the opportunity to choose what he wishes to read.


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