Author Credentials

Sister M. Carmelita Smith, S.S.J.

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Superseded Degree Name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 Joanne Marie Kliebhan, O.S.F.

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Learning disabilities; Deaf children


The purpose of this paper was to consider the special needs of one type of multiple handicapped child, namely the deaf retarded child. Of primary importance is the identification and prevalence of such children. Once these have been established, further classification can be made and educational procedures set up. In other words, the focus of this study was on identifying and classifying the type of child with whom this re­port concerns itself, and the methods used most effectively in teaching the deaf-retardate. The main question was: What is being done for the deaf-retarded, since it is recognized that the number of deaf children with multiple disabilities is increasing? Varying classification schemes based on dis­ability, confusion in terminology, diverse criteria for defining deafness, and the difficulties involved in differential diagnosis and the unreliability of tests make it difficult to compile statistics and to estimate the number of children in a specific dis­ability group.


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