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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 29, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Monday, April 29, 1974 THE LETHBRIDQE HEHALU Doctors find possible cause of learning disorder By JANE E. BRODY New York Times NEW YORK Two New York psychiatrists believe they have discovered that a faulty connection somewhere between the brain and the inner ear is the cause of primary dyslexia, a common learning disorder that interferes with a child's ability to read. The doctors, who have published their theory and the studies that support it in the Journal of Child Psychiatry, also report that they have developed a simple device to test for the defect a machine that could potentially be used to screen large groups of children. doctors, Jan Frandk and Harold Levinson both affiliated with the downstate medical center in Brooklyn, N. Y., said that if this form of dyslexia was detected early, before the child is emotionally scarred by failing in school, the response to appropriate remedial reading programs was excellent. Primarily dyslexia afflicts from 2 to 5-per- cent of school children who are otherwise normal and have average or superior intelligence. The disorder, often characterized by such symptoms as letter reversals, mirror writing and difficulty in distinguishing left and right, is not the result of any known brain injury, emotional disturbance or social deprivation. But experts have long thought that some minimal form of brain damage that interferes with the brain's circuitry is somehow responsible for the perplexing symptoms. "All these Levinson says, "doctors have been looking for the defect in the wrong part of the brain." Since the problem involves a cognitive function, the search focused on the cortex, the higher brain center that controls thinking and learning. However, according to Levinson, who is a school psychiatrist in the Bureau of Child Guidance of the New York City Board of Education, the problem really lies in the lower brain the cerebellum, which controls balance and co-ordination. According to the studies of Levinson and Frank, the child with primary dyslexia has something wrong in the pathway.or circuitry between the cerebellum and inner ear, resulting in a mild form of permanent motion sickness. The inner ear helps to tell the brain where the body is in space and position. The report by Frank and Levinson was just published in the October, 1973, issue of The Journal, publication of which was delayed. It was variously greeted by others in the field as "interesting" and depending on the experts' own views about the causes of dyslexia. Several workers said that they, too, had found a high incidence of cerebellum-inner ear malfunction among children with unexplained dyslexia although only one Dr. A. Jean Ayres at" the University of Southern California believes this realtionship to be casual. Dr. Kathryn McMorrow. a neurologist in Mount Clemens, Mich., said that in her 10 years as a consultant on learning disabilities for the Macomb Intermediate School District she has seen "a lot of problems with balance" among dyslexic children and she believes that the balance disturbance can be used as a market in screening for learning problems. Others, however including Dr. Arnold Gold at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, believe that the balance disturbance is merely indicative of brain damage and that dyslexia is really a cortical problem. Ann Landers Dear Ann Landers: I am a high school teacher who is deeply concerned about the tendency of unmarried teenage girls to keep their babies. They are often unstable, immature and irresponsible. The child becomes an unwanted burden on who already has too much to do. I tell these pregnant girls about the thousands of childless couples who could give their baby a world of love. I outline the advantages of growing up in a home with two devoted parents. They snap back with, "I NEED to keep my baby because it's all I or, "What would people think of me if I gave away my own flesh and My sister, who is a social worker, relates heartbreaking stories about unwed, teenage mothers who are prostitutes, on drugs their children being bounced off the walls by drunken or drug-crazed boyfriends. Some beat their babies because they resent changing diapers or caring for a sick child. How did this insane trend get started? I pray to God something can be done to reverse it. Harrisburg, Pa. Dear H.: The "trend" got started by far-out movie stars and entertainers who were involved with married men or became intentionally pregnant for some neurotic reason and didn't want to get married. THE BETTER HALF I happen to know of an unmarried woman (NOT a teenager) who decided to keep her child and she did a beautiful job of raising it. But such women are few and far between. Most teenagers who become pregnant out of wedlock would do well to heed your counsel. Dear Ann Landers: When I saw the letter titled "How To Be a Successful Mother-in- I nearly lost my breakfast. (I read you in the morning "One eye closed and one mouth eh? The way I figure it she's a hypocrite. If the dame noticed with one eye shut that her daughter-in- law hasn't had the living room slip-covers cleaned in three years, what do you think she'd have seen if she opened BOTH eyes? A housekeeper who would leave a filthy dishrag in the corner of a sink as its permanent resting place would give me heartburn. Sorry, but I couldn't be so phony. I'd have to tell my daughter-in-law what I thought. I'm sure she'd admire my honesty. For The Truth Dear Truth: I'm not so sure she'd admire your honesty. Chances are she'd consider her soiled slip-covers and dirty dishrag none of your business. I'd say one closed eye and a closed mouth is not too big a price to pay for a good relationship with a daughter- in-law. Sorry about your heartburn. Barnes "Doctor completely relieved the pain in my neck, and substantially reduced the swelling in my SOUTHMINSTER UCW USED and USEABLE SALE CHURCH HALL 4th Ave. 11th Street South THURSDAY, May 2nd 6 to 9 p.m. FRIDAY, May 3rd 9 a.m. to 12 noon EVERYONE WELCOME! SALON LADIESI DO IT NOW! There is still time before the July, August holidays to tone your figures for swim and beach wear and to let you pose with confidence for the cameras that record you as you are. Try on last year's swim suit, check yourself in the mirror and where there are bulges or sagging muscles or you would like to do something about that bustline, drop in to the Lethbridge Figure Salon at 258 B-13 St. North, Lethbridge, and let Grace help design a personalized (exercise) pro- gram jhat will help you achieve your goals. HOURS: The Salon is open a.m. to p.m. Monday thru Fri- day until June 28 when sum- mer hours will be adjusted to meet demand. Frequency of visits is up to members. RATES: Monthly for .dun. Monthly for iludtntt up to tlxtMn SOMEflVILLE PHONE NUMBERS Res. 328-4395 Bus. 327-2151 Parking meter attendant versus anti-meter maid BELLEVILLE, Ont. (CP) Parking meter attendants in this city are running com- petition from an 18-year-old girl. But the men couldn't be friendlier about the opposition, says Linda Hicks. Linda is a meter maid in re- verse. Instead of ticketing cars she buys free time for motorists when downtown parking meters run out. It's a complimentary service organized by downtown merchants to encourage people into the city's commercial core where parking often is at a pre- mium. Linda has three men to keep ahead attendants who patrol the 650 meters on streets and parking lots. She takes her job seriously. She said she hates to find that one of the attendants have beaten her to an expired meter and issued a parking ticket. Otherwise, the attendants couldn't be more helpful. Veterans at the business, they've advised her how to pace herself on the job and prevent tired muscles. "Wear soft insoles in your shoes while on the said one attendant. When she caught cold the first day on the job they gave her coughdrops. "They're great bunch of I've also got a job to do." Few people are aware of the job she's doing, said Linda who figures she drops 80 to 100 nickels daily to buy a half- hour's grace for motorists. "But when they do they leave with a big smile." One man even gave her a price of a parking ticket. Rodger Porter, city councillor and downtown businessman who introduced the scheme, said merchants have budgeted for the plan aimed at reduction of downtown consumer "aggra- vation" over parking tickets. Urgently Required! Room and Board for older lady. Remuneration based on services provided with better than average basic rates. For further information phone: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 328-9281 Evenings 328-4786 They're publicizing a movie Unidentified models in eye-catching garb paraded in downtown Rome, Italy, on the weekend to publicize a new American movie. Women's labor coalition strengthens movements By JUDITH FRUTIG Christian Science Monitor CHICAGO, ILLINOIS Josefina Flores, a Delano, Calif, farm worker, left nine children at home in a migrant work camp and came to a union conference here because "I don't want them to suffer like I do." Karen Korduch, a Denver cabdriver who is happy in her work, came to support other labor women. "A lot of women are working for peanuts because they don't know how to organize themselves in she said. These two delegates were among working women, all members of 58 international labor unions, who want to change working conditions for women. And they did something about it in Chicago at the first and founding conference of the Coalition of Labor Union Women The object of the conference was to win equal rights, equal pay and equal promotional opportunity for millions of working women. According to census figures released during the conference, women in the labor force have risen to nearly 40-per-cent over the past 20 years but their earning capacity compared to working men has dropped. The conference was attended by women from 40 states and from countries as far away as New Zealand and Nigeria. As the attendance rose from an expected 800 to and the air in the hall grew stale with cigarette smoke and perfume, the women greeted each other as "sister" and promised to work together back home for their common cause. "Next time we'll hire a stadium and do this said Olga Madar, UAW vice- president and chairman of the conference. "We weren't expecting so many of you." In one workshop, Chairman Elinor M. Glenn, a member of the international executive board of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in Lo's Angeles, said: "Today is our birth We're awkward. We're kicking and screaming, but we're going to live. A major issue at the conference was whether the coalition should support the striking United Farm Workers of America led by Cesar Chavez and represented at the conference by Mrs. Flores. Mrs. Flores delivered an impassioned speech pleading for support. A few delegates, like Joanne Land cf Barkeley, Calf., responded by attempting to pass a resolution supporting the female Farm Workers. The majority opinion was represented by Evelyn Dubrow, a lobbyist for the International Ladies Garment Workers Union, when she said this ussue could cause1 a split between delegates for the Farm Workers and of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, all represented at the conference. In the final session, Mrs. Flores and Floria Deschamps from the Teamsters embraced on the platform. GEMINI BEAUTY SALON Now under New Management Introducing... New owner-operator Lee Coleman, centre and Eva Zachariaa, left, and Darlene Johnke, right. We are located at 7th Street and 3rd Avenue South (next door to the Bank of Nova For Hair Care at its best drop in or call for an appointment at 327-2079 706 3rd Avenue South, Lethbridge It only happens once a year... SPECTACULAR SAVINGS! Once a year. from May 1 to May 31 Oneida offers you substantial savings on every place setting you buy. So whatever you do, don't miss this opportunity to start, add to a service or replace lost pieces. Great for gifts, too! save on these and other Oneida patterns Choose your pattern get it in a 5 piece place setting.' Teaspoon Spoon Dinner Foik Salad Fork Dinner Knile Call China 327-5767 Call Housewares 327-5767 k "'Onr" Call Houtewaret 327-5767 Call Houaewaret 327-5767 Hurry! Offer ends May 31st, 1974 DOWNTOWN 606-608 3rd Ave. S. Use your Chargtx or Hoyt'ft own Charge Account ;