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West Ham 1946

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for West Ham]

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Number known to the Authority at the end of the year:
In residential special schools (deaf) 2
In residential special schools (partially-deaf) 2
In day special schools (deaf) 13
In day special schools (partially-deaf) 4
In ordinary schools (partially-deaf) 5
These children are defined as pupils who, by reason of limited
ability or other conditions resulting in educational retardation,
require some specialised form of education, wholly or partly, in
substitution for the education normally given in ordinary schools.
The following figures relate to work carried out in connection
with educationally subnormal children:
Number ascertained during the year 88
Disposal of ascertained cases:
In ordinary schools 34
Recommended day special schools 52
In residential special schools 2
Number of cases known to the Authority at end of year:
In ordinary schools 41
In day special schools 139
In residential special schools 10
Fresh admissions to special schools during the year:
In day special schools 50
In residential schools 3
(e) EPILEPTIC CHILDREN. The definition of an epileptic
child for our purpose is one who, by reason of epilepsy cannot be
educated in an ordinary school without detriment to the interests
of himself or other pupils and requires education in a special
school. This definition makes no distinction between major and
minor epilepsy. A child who has infrequent or nocturnal major
fits which do not interfere with his own or other children's
education, and do not require frequent medical supervision, may
continue to attend an ordinary school, and he is not to be classed
as an epileptic child. On the other hand, a child with minor
epilepsy should not, in his own interests, attend an ordinary
school if he requires frequent medical attention that can best be
given in a residential institution. He is accordingly classed as
an epileptic child. Children ascertained as epileptic can only be
properly educated in a boarding special school. The work
relating to epilepsy during the year may be summarised as
Number of ascertained cases known to the Authority 9
Number of cases in residential special schools 8
Number in day special schools 1
Number of fresh ascertainments during the year 3