A Risk Index to Predict Learning Problems in Preterm and Full-Term Children

  • Linda S. Siegel
Part of the Topics in Developmental Psychobiology book series (TDP)


Learning problems, that is, significant difficulties in one or more school subjects in spite of normal intelligence, are estimated to exist in 10% to 16% of the population (Gaddes, 1976), and as such are an important problem for those concerned with the physical and mental health of children. Early prediction of learning difficulties would be useful, for remediation could be provided at a time when it is likely to be most effective and less costly. Existing systems of prediction of problems have been very complex, have failed to provide information about an individual child, or have been used only with infants and not children of school age (Broman, Nichols, & Kennedy, 1975; Caputo, Taub, Goldstein, Smith, Dalack, Pursner, & Siberstein, 1974; Field, Hallock, Ting, Dempsey, Dabiri, & Shuman, 1978; Littman & Parmelee, 1978; Ramey, Stedman, Borders-Patterson, & Mengel, 1978; Smith, Flick, Ferriss, & Sellman, 1972).


Risk Index Preterm Child Infant Test Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test Visual Motor Integration 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Linda S. Siegel
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  1. 1.Department of Special EducationOntario Institute for Studies in EducationTorontoCanada

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