Rehabilitation: Patterning Under Attack

"Patterning" is a rigid physical treatment for children handicapped by brain damage, mental retardation or reading disabilities. It has received widespread publicity, and is now being used to treat 10,000 children in the U.S. and abroad. Some of them appear to have responded to the treatment. But while the parents involved have become ardent disciples, medical men have seriously questioned the theory underlying the method. This month, ten major medical and health organizations* stated categorically that patterning was "without merit" and chided its inventors for claiming cures without documentation.

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