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Relating infant temperament to learning disabilities


The role of infant temperament in the development of learning disabilities was at issue. As infants, boys with severe learning disabilities were found to be (1) lower in activity level, (2) more irregular, (3) less approaching, and (4) more negative in mood than “normal” boys. Discussion centered around conceptualizing learning disabilities as the outcome of a developmental process. Thus patterns of early parent-infant interaction are established, based in part upon the infant's temperament, that may evolve into a learning disability.

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Correspondence to Allan Scholom.

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The authors would like to express appreciation to George Diamond, director of Pupil Personnel Services for the Addison, Illinois, School District, for his help in obtaining these data.

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Scholom, A., Schiff, G. Relating infant temperament to learning disabilities. J Abnorm Child Psychol 8, 127–132 (1980).

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  • Developmental Process
  • Learning Disability
  • Infant Temperament
  • Severe Learning Disability