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The Prevention of Handicaps in Children

by Christine P. Ingram & Henry C. Schumacher - 1950

Special education should embrace within its own program the germ for its ultimate extinction. Prevention must be one of its primary goals. The "germ of prevention" should be fostered to preclude serious childhood deviations and to promote well-rounded growth and development to so full an extent that ultimately there will be little, if any, need for special- education programs as we know them today. Although this may be a utopian goal, research in ontogenesis, maturation, learning, and behavior in infancy and childhood as well as research in causes of congenital conditions, diseases, and accidents and their effects and in behavior and personality disorders challenge and inspire those who are engaged in special education to attend to causes and means of prevention.

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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 49, No. 2.

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 51 Number 10, 1950, p. 302-319
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 20199, Date Accessed: 9/19/2020 6:38:39 PM

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