Emotionally Disturbed Children

Archive Report

Pressure for Education of Handicapped

Nothing touches the heartstrings like the plight of the handicapped child. Innumerable fund-raising drives and service programs have counted on the instant sympathy aroused by the image the term invokes. But there is one class of handicapped children that until recently has benefitted little from this humane sensibility. These are the emotionally disturbed children, those whose handicap is manifested chiefly by erratic behavior and by inappropriate responses to the ordinary demands of day-to-day living. Such children are difficult to deal with in the home, in the school, and in the community generally.

The term “emotionally disturbed” is an omnibus one without sharply defined limits. It is applied over a wide range of deviations from the normal—from relatively mild conditions that will ...

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