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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 13, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 THE IETHBRIDCE HERALD Friday, Augult 13, 1971 One solution in favor Back to crawling for correcting learning disabilities (EDITOR'S NOTE: Dr. Goldin is principal of a New York City elementary school awl the author of many books on children and leaning.) Ily DR. AUCL'ST.A COLDLY NEW YOBK into any public school and ask what's being done for Jailing children. The chances are you'll be escorted to the "Remedial Instruction Itoom" And you'll be im- pressed. For vcars, Jocal school boards have been spending vast sums in training teach- ers and providing education- al material. N'ow. however, they are beginning to ques- tion the results. While rr.anv children have been brought up to grade in reading and math, lens of thousands who have been ex- posed to remedial programs have not been helped at all. Many of these children are brainy enough. School psy- chologists find Ihem normal and intelligent. Bill teachers claim they resist instruction. Parents ask, "Why doesn't my child learn like otter chil- The answer is that some children don't profit from slandard remedial programs because they can't. They are the learning-disabled. Tho problems of learrung- disabled children are varied and complex. At Bctbesda, a research group, spon- sored by the National Insti- LEISTER'S MUSIC LTD. Campus Corner Ry EV.A BREWSTER fight bjfore it has really start- ed. At least, we committed our- PHE START of this debale: selves wholeheartedly to some appeared blatantly design- ed lo rr-oid climbing Sweet- grass Hilk in t'.'.e lovclv. hot midday sun. However, I soon got involved and changed my mind on my priorities. An American student corn- cratic freedom in running his j or ror worse. campus paper. Seven "guide J lines" had been laid down to causes. T we made mistakes, they were genuinely in the hope to better the world. You are sit- ting on the fence criticizing but offering lev alternative solu- tior.s to Ihe most pressing prob lems. By the lime you reach mv asc vou will have done plained ol the lack of demo-, [0 dlange im ljeller Thjs js wncre the Canadian hich the students were to ad- studerits came mto the argii- here if the weekly edition were lo be published. Tlv condition most cramping their style ivas the absolute veto or. any criti- cism of their administration. VTiat had the students done ment in support of their Ameri- can counterpart. If anything, they were even more cynical. Although all of Ihem were over 18. all but one said they would not vole in the Albertan elec- about it? They published one (Jons this month. Why? Some paper not voicing their valid claimed [hat one Party was as grievances but. to 'orce the issue of free expression, con- taining pccms which were am- biguous to put it mildly and useless as the next, full of empty promises tn got into power, promises which, if kept. would cost (he taxpayer dearly could be interpreted to bc oh- j -m ,Jlc near [uture_ Most admjt_ scene I ted they knew nothing aboui The paper was duly scrap- politics and were not interested ped by the authorities and is to learn because "politics are row appearing underground., the dirtiest business in the "What else could wu The world." student asked ire. I suggested Some cf Uie students Itought he take up the issue of genuine that violence was the only criticism ivilh the public press I means getting their voice or his Senator. I heard; ethers doubtful Tho Senator, however, had al- ready let down this student as about that but sympathized. Whatever views you hold, I an individual. In a leadership I cannot help feeling that there contest the boy had won first prize for ar essay "What I would do if I had to run the country for the next This essay was to be signed ami commented on by the Senator concerned but, although the lat- ter was heading a "Youth Cam- he did not, apparently, find time to read, comment on are tetter ways to oickle prob- lems. There should be no need for a Campus paper to go un- derground if Us real difficul- ties are faced honestly and without obscenity. Having a vote in an election and using it wisely is still (he best weapon in a democratic society. Why not give those abcut to or even sign the effort. "Well, I govern the benefit of the doubt if nobody will listen to us, what! or- at least- study their pood is the point in carrying on a I as weU as tncir bad points? The student's father challen- ged him: "You complain tbat our generation is dictatorial, has made a mess of the world in general and your future in particular, yet you give 'ip a fThc news voiced In the above column do not neces- sarily concur with either those of The Herald or Lei- sler's, bnt are a reflection of the student's opinion.) TOP TWELVE 45 R.P.M. LEISTER'S MAIL ORDERS! Tick off (he selection you wont and send lo us. You'll receive your records for only eoch. Please add ISc poslage on orders 54.00 and under. I 1. NEVER ENDING SONG CF LOVE-Deltmey, Bonnie and F'iends MEND A BROKEN HEART-Bee Gees CITV WOMAN-SlompederE INDIAN RESERVATION-The Raiders WHO DO YOU tOVE-Tom Rush SOONER OR lATER-Grassroots DRAGIN' THE tINE-Tommy James WHEN YOU'SE KO7, YOU'RE KOT-Jerry Reid RIDERS ON THE STORM-The Doors I'VE BEEN MOVED-Andy Kim UNCLE ALBERT-Paul McCartney WHAT THE WORtD NEEDS MARTIN AND JOHN-Tom Clay -fc COMING EVENTS ANN CAMPBELL SINGERS RUMMAGE SALE 1st UNITED CHURCH-9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, September 14tli LEISTER'S MUSIC LTD. PARAMOUNT THEATRE BLDG., LETHBRIDGE L NAME ADDRESS luie of Neurological Diseases and Stroke, studied such chil- dren. Their findings indicate that nonlcavners in many in- stances, are suffering from minimal brain dys-funclion In such cases, the quality of the brain is not nt issue, only its performance. The bruin doesn't correctly intcipret uhai Uie eyes sup- posedly see, or tr-i ears pcscdly hear and it doesn't correrMly control Lhe rr.uscles j in performance The behavior of such children, consequent- ly, appears to be bizarre and irrational. Some operate compulsively, in gear. Others withdraw and srein la be slothful. Still cthcio pass as normals only lo explode unexpectedly, like Ml. Vesu- vius. "Those children arc victims of forces they cannol con- says Careth Ellinson, anther of "Shadow Cliildren" and co-author of a ]iew di- rectory that lists facilities for learning disabled children. She calls (ham "driven chil- v.rnppsd around inter- nal tornadoes Uiat are con- stantly threatening lo break out. This condition is observ- able early in a child's life. It Incomes more acute when TEACHING THE ESSENTIALS of prope." crawling prepares children wiih learning disabilities for a program of developing integration of body movements. CREATIONS FOR FALL From Mary Quant in England comes the calf length look at right split lo the knee. Left, the knickcr costume which is slowly gaining a toehold in the fashion scene. Junior starts school and is expected to conform. The re- sult? Explosive behavior, and unless helped, guaranteed failure. "And ask the par- ents, "arc the schools doing to help such children'" This question was consid- ered recently in San Fran- cisco, at the National Asso- ciation of School Psycholo- gists convention. Papers read indicated that some schools are doing very little. Other sclicols, equally hampered by lack of funds and trained personnel, are break ing through the walls of failure, with imagination and quiet success. One such school is P.S. 78X in New York City.. A visit to P.S. 78X reveals a development training pro- gram for 24 perceptually handicapped children, 5, 6, and 7 old. Says prin- cipal Jack Schiller, with a strong nod of appreciation to Ura Bureau of Child Guid- ance, "The key to our pro- gram is identification and re- training. We try to identify the learning-disabled cliil- as early an possible. We try to provide retraining in the muscular and perceptual areas that need correction." In this school, kindergarten children who find it hard to adjust are referral hy llieir teachers for screening by the bureau. Such children are tested for physical con'.ro] and mental follow through. First come the tests to de- termine the dominant hand, eye and foot. Tests for spatial orientation follow. Can the cliild step over a slick at knee level and go under a stick at shoulder level? Can he draw two circles on (he chalk- board, simultaneously? After tliis, each of .the young candidates is put to a number of memory tasks, and asked, for example, to repeat numbers at a given rate, and lo describe com- mon objects in terms of what they are, what they look like and what they're used for. Some kindergarteners can- not do things that seem easy to their classmates. They are unable lo co-wduiate what teachers tell them to do with what their brains tell them lo do. They became im- patient, quickly discouraged and angry. Diners retreat into silence. When the learning-disabled children have been identified, their parents are invited lo participate in a series of workshops. Then, 24 pupils are selected for the develop- mental training class, for a period of one year. Here, in small groups, they are in- volved in a twofold program: In the movigcnic program, they enjoy games, exercises and on-lhp-mal activities. The purpose is to build body awareness, left and right ori- entations, balance, flexibility aiif' co-ordinr.tion. In the perceptual training program, the children manip- is... caring for bis hrokcn leg on your ulate blocks and beads, peg- boards and geometric shapes. The aim is to develop dis- crimination in placing objects against a background and in space. When Ihis is mastered, the children move on lo pen- cil and paper exercises. And thore they are only one step removed from first grade reading readiness work. How successful is this pro- gram in returning the chil- dren to the grades' Says Schiller, "This is our fifth year. Of the children I've been tble to follow, I'd say that more than 60 per cent have developed good crnlrol. They manage well emotionally. They get along well, socially. And of these, more than 40 per cent have learned lo read, almost on grade level. As for the rest, we have had U> transfer a few, to more specialized fa- cilities. But this we did re- luctantly after much work with the bineau and many conference.- vritli parents." Communication, marital TORONTO (CP) How's your sex'jal rela nications are the problem in most marriages, With a gulp) Stexua sex, say a London, Ont., couple who spend a good deal of Practically non existent. She's just not inter each day thinking about Noam and Beryl Chemick Tell me about it. both doctors. Noam specializes in gynecology while Beryl has her doctorate in Take last Wednesday I came home. I'd had a rotten day a fight with the boss Their private practices I got a ticket on the way London deal largely with I came in the door ant ual problems, and they wanted to sit and read the extensive sex-lecturing and she wanted to talk around the got mad I was tired and the The couple were wasn't where it's sup- alter giving a lecture in to be. Anyway, she have anything to do "All the so-called sexual me all evening. lution gave Noam Did you explain tn "was Uie freedom to talk about your day? sexual techniques but not Well, no, REPRESSION "The feeling revolution just hasn't caught up Beryl says their business is teaching people lo be in touch with theii' own feelings and Jones just don't commu nicate and communication, the Chcrnicks say, is the name ol the sexual game. to he able to communicate Ihe CJiernicks have seen with another interaction between a "It's taking they can demonstrate it into the bedroom, and role-playing lo the couple- adding sex." she they've seen whal ACT OUT doing they can decide At their lectures, the they Noam says. uses play-acting lo show can change, or break importance of or even decide lo keep doing Beryl plays the doctor they're viewing Ihe patient, a Mr. Chemicks say tliey played by Noam. Jones' sexual repression is the has been lo sec the doctor of the communication abdominal and admit (hat some- Jones: Wha'.'s with it cannot be overcome. wife, doc? Doctor: How are things between you and your wife, says they sometimes talk to couples that would nol face the trouble they do now they had been subject to a calendar more sexual information when they were younger. believes comprehensive. a education programs are local The 'amily of Mr and Mrs. PACK GARBAGE W. (Brb and Bulb) Harvey BAGS entertaining at an open all garbage, lo be held in honor of their grass, etc. Keep your wedding anniversary for and city clean. Hand! friends. It will be held Sa of AQ bags Old Timers Pemmican Club rooms, corner of 5 Ave. and 9 St. S. It has teen requested by the that there be no PAINT (WESTERN) LTD. Bit 3rd Ave. S. Ph. 327-5540 riff Home Recipe Plan It's simple how quickly one toay lose pounds of unsightly fat right in your own home. Make this home recipe yourself. 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