Author Credentials

Sister Robert Joseph Mier, O. Carm.

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Superseded Degree Name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 Verna Kayser, O.S.F.

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Learning disabled children--Education; English language--Study and teaching


The author as a teacher of primary educable mentally retarded children in a Special School system has had ample opportunity to observe functions of both sets of behaviors. Due to the fact that language functions are associated with inappropriate or maladaptive social behavior the author has tried to (1) discover the language needs of primary educable mentally retarded children in general, (2) obtain a better understanding of the needs of primary children in the specific system, and (3) implement a method or methods to alleviate the deficiencies and hopefully to fill some needs. In order to accomplish this it was necessary: 1. to review research on the problems of speech and language development of the retardate; 2. to list specific disabilities; and 3. to review some programs or methods which could be implemented.


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