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Lectures on Learning Disabilities, June 10

The STEP committee will present a Science for All session on "Learning Disabilities," Tuesday, June 10, from 1 to 4 p.m. in Wilson Hall, Bldg. 1.

Learning disabilities encompass a wide range of disorders in listening, speaking, reading, writing and mathematics that are frequently accompanied by deficits in attention and social behavior. Current estimates are that children with learning disabilities or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) compose between 10 percent and 15 percent of the school-age population and represent over half the children who receive special education services in the United States. Despite the frequency of occurrence, these disabilities remain poorly understood and present a disabling array of conditions that affect both children and adults. The negative effects of these disorders go well beyond school failure and have an impact on peer relationships, self-esteem, post-school adjustment, and lifelong occupational opportunities.

This Science for All session will review the latest information on learning disabilities and ADHD. The speakers will discuss the diagnosis, current research, possible origins, and strategies for treatment of these disorders. They include Dr. Peter Jensen, chief, Child and Adolescent Disorders Branch, NIMH; Dr. G. Reid Lyon, acting chief, Learning Disabilities, Cognitive and Social Development Branch, NICHD; and Dr. Linda Schuerholz, psychologist, Kennedy Krieger Institute, and instructor in the department of neurology, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

The session is open to all NIH'ers on a first-come, first-served basis; advance registration is not necessary. Inform STEP of any need for sign language interpretation or reasonable accommodation by May 29. For more information, call the STEP office, 5-2769.

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