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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 23, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 12 'HI LtTHtMOOl HUA1D iving Brain Damaged Twins Score High On IQ Tests For The Record ly MAIHYN AN06KON HcraM Family EdHa j Calendar JLocal NEW PRESIDENT -At the annual meeting o( Our Lady of the Assumption CWL Mrs. R. E. Kaupp was .elect- ed president for the 1970-71 term. Other officers are: Mrs. V. Mrak, Mrs. C. R. Kyle and Mrs. -F. Klimck; recording secretary Mrs. B. Gteb; c o r r e s p o n d tog secretary G. W. Westwood; trea- surer Mrs. L. Ouelfetle. Councillors are Mrs. G. Ebnes, Mrs. Batting, Mrs. N. L. Reilander, Mrs. B. Boardmanf Mrs. W. Kishka, Mrs. W. Crighton, Mrs. S. Noreiks, Mrs. D. McLean and Mrs. A. Schneider. In- stallation at officers will lake place it the May general meeting. ANNOUNCE PROGRAM TAIPEI (AP) The govern- ment announced a birth contro program to cut For m o s a' population growth rate to les than two per cent a year. The already dense population DOM is rising by 2.4 per cent annua ly, a spokesman said. ANNOUNCING WINNER of our WIG DRAW Detorqs Gough Mrd Strxt S. ZHlBtS' SHOTTING .CENTRE EDMONTON (CP) Rob- ert and Richard, seven-year- d identical twins, have bove-nonnal marks gence tests-yet they failed indergarten two years in a They are bright and hand- some, can talk incessantly bout Neanderthal man, very variety of dinosaur, the constellations and almost any other subject that would le most adults. But they can't draw a figure They see their letters back o front. They want to fry to read from the bottom of the page to the lop or from right o left. Their problems are multiple and complex. They have minor brain damage, and on- less they receive the help they need their problems will get worse and lead to deep emo- ional problems. Fortunately, during their second year of kindergarten, the principal of the school ar- ranged for an assessment of the boys and they were (erred to a special school for children with language and learning development prob- lems. MEASLES CAUSED IT Evelyn Unger, director of the Evelyn Unger School for Language and Learning De- velopment, explained that the twins' brain damage resulted from a rubella (measles) syn- drome during the mother's "They are exceptionally in- she said. "But they have a visual difficulty in per- ceiving space." The teachers in the school will try to help the children develop an understanding and a "directionality pattern" so they can do things in the usual manner. "We tike to get the chum-en very young, before they de-' flop the wrong patterns." About seven to 10-children m every 1M may have these learning disabilities to some extent, alUnugh not ta the ex- treme of the -twins, Mrs. Unger said. Many of them can get on in the normal school system "if the teacher has the time and if she under- stands the problem." Because these children often are intelligent and they, may eve> respond better than usual to speech, many person tend to ignore or underrate tfae problem. "They're inclined 'to think the chUd is lazy, not trying or is misbehaving." PARENTS CONCERNED In Robert and Richard's case, the parents were con- cerned from an early age be- cause of the children's coo- stant and frenzied activity'. Despite conttant search for medical advice and parents were continually reas- sured that the twins were just a little over-ac- tive." Robert (or was H Richard) was doing one exercise he has practised repeatedly to help overcome hte problem. He fo- cused his eyes on a star drawn on the blackboard, then with the chalk grasped in both hands he drew squares over and over, saying out loud: "Up, across, down and in." When be was finished he looked up at Mrs. Unger and said: "I know I'm -a Vot smarter than any Neanderthal man." Mrs. Unger explained that the twins' greatest fear is fail- lived with it for so long. "Tliey become very cunning to cover up their doubts, and that 'was his way of tuning out' just in case .ke failed." She that because' the children nave received the help they need, they will be able to return to the regular school system in another year "-or .two. "But it is important that they are recognized early and that they get.'the help they she said. Senior Gtizens Lodges Expanding Development Make friends with yourfeet( A beautiful way to be comfortable "There are 71 lodges for senior citizens operating in Al- berta currently and two more being butt Sis said Wil- liam Thompson, Department of Social Development, Edmon- ton, while he was addressing me annual' dinner meeting of the Pensioners and Senior Citizens Organization Incorporated, Wed- nesday night in Letbbridge. Mr. Thompson said in 1958 former premier Manning initiat- ed the program of housiig senior citizens "who have all contribut- ed so much to development of the area." Ore- a five-year period 50 lodges were buiH1 with space for 50 persons each m II double and .14 single roams. Tfae lodge style later changed to 30 single and 10 double rooms because people. preferred', the single. Married couples also tended to stay in their, homes instead of moving to a lodge. The newest design is a clust K of three self-contained houses. A lodge eC this type is due to open ia Medicine Hat during May or June of this year. Cost per lodge has .increased from in 1967 to 000 this Several lodges have requested permission to build on single but research on the idea rj the provincial department of public works has been tem- porarily halted due to cut-back in spending, said Mr. Thompson. Numerous housekeeping units have also been built in the prov- ince .using a foor-plei style.. Future planning includes a high-rise accommodation in Ed- monton. The home would include 16 single and four double rooms on every floor, each being a complete in itself. Deane Gundtock, Lethbridge HP extended greetings from the federal government and Mayor Andy Anderson spoke on behalf of-the City of Lethbridge. ITS cheering to note that the bus schedules are not to be changed after all. As was stated in this column previously, the people who use the bus the roost will be affected the roost, and per; sons who are not dependent upon the buses as a means of transportation cannot always weigh the benefits of'such a service except in dollars and cents. The whole thing was a good example of our demo- cratic processes. In trying to save the city taxpayers some money, a curtailment of services seemed'the best way out. Acting upon that decision a percentage of the electorate made their feelings known in what is rec- ognized as democratic right, to petition for or against the city action. The number of actual petitioners was small, but the sources of complaint about council's action were many. Council found no need to dogmatic about its decision. The suggestion of curtailment.was not generally acceptable. So they changed it. another tack will have to taken to save us all some money. Two points. the' taxpayer has the right to query and question. He has every, right to make a personal complaint, and to haive his questions answer- ed and his. complaint acknowledged. We still, however, stand behind a statement made that every. person, .whether taxpayer or an alder- man has a duty to keep abreast of certain facts and information before-he charges or accuses. By the same token, every individual has the right to petition. No'elected official can afford to dis- miss lightly the voice of the people by means of petition. A petition can be misused, a signature, can be written for many reasons other than the required one of support. But one can hardly ignore wholesale any petition as a meaningless document. If you have power drive in your car along with power brakes and power steering, you'll know what. a difference it makes in effort! The district manager of a major vacuum cleaner company, dropped in the other day! with ..a: hew con- cept in cleaning the .self propped cleaner. Al 'Ludford obviously gets a kick out of watching the astonishment on women's faces when! they try out the vacuum. One fingertip is all it takes for backward or forward control. Another good feature of the cteaner is the floating main casting so that moving from your kitchen carpet tiles to heavier shag rugs maXes no height adjust- ment necessary. The cleaner will soon be available in the city. Don't miss a .chance to try. it out. Mr Ludford also explained why some of us get after handling the pipe sections of a vacuum. Oxidation accounts for some of it, but the amount of acidity, in your hand does the rest. We've heard about acid-tongues, acid stomachs acid beads but acid hands? St. Augusfafc't ACW branch will hold a rummage sale Saturday at t a.m. in the church hiremeat i Fort Maeleod square davers ban cancelled their tquare daaee for this week. W Pius Club aC First United Church Till meet Friday at 2 p.m. Hoctessef Mrs. P. Rhodes and Mrs. D. Shormouse. Dr. F. U. Mewbun OBE, Chapter, IODE win celebrate me aonirersary the chap- ter at Svea Erieksen's Res- taurant on Thursday, Hay 7 at p.m. All former members of the chapter are welcome to join the celebration. All those wishing to do so are asked to contact Urs. A. P. Baiaet, 327 by May 1. Fraternal Order of Eagles it aving a dance Friday at .m. Members are iaviled Ot may bring goests. Original Pensioners aid Sea- Mr Citizens Auxiliary will met m gym two of the Civic Spirts Centre Friday, at 2 p.m. Binp> ill be played and served. A good it, requested. The Lethbridge Council of the Alberta Federation of and School and Pareat-TeMb- er Associations will meet Tuesday at S p.m. in UamiltoK Junior High School. Program will include shoes and ah'ex- planatioo of bead-start program by Dr. D. M. Lampard of Uni- versity of Lethbridge. -AD. as- sociations are urged to attend. ST. MARY'S ACW RUMMAGE SALE FMDAY, APRIL p.m. "C" and 6th CASH BINGO Thursday 'Evening, April 23rd STAITS SHAW WUUSH HAU SIKiT I AVBIUf MOtTH 20 lit 7-NUMUI JACKPOT M 7-MJMMR JACKPOT 14 1M 7-NUMBBt JACKrXJT-Uidry Dnnv JAOCPOT-SS Not. or Blackout Jackpot A1SO FtB CAIM, AH GAMB AND J DOOR TROB mm 14 nO Aid S4. Mw