This handy volume embraces a discussion of mentally deficient children from the point of view of the limitation of their facilities for expressing whatever ability they possess. A diagnosis of mental deficiency usually spells hopelessness and despair to the relatives and only too often results in abandonment of the effort to help the child utilize his natural possibilities. Contrary to popular belief, the mentally deficient child is generally not lacking in hope, in pride or in similar qualities that bring happiness to the human being.
In this book the authors describe some experiences in an institution for the feebleminded in Vienna, the pedagogic methods employed and the results obtained. A feeling of uselessness and indifference to the tasks assigned was uniformly felt by the children on entrance to the home. Uniform, too, were the successes obtained after tedious but persistent educational maneuvering in an effort to instil confidence in the