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THE MICHIGAN DAILY'

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By MARILYN JONES
Daily Women's Editor
Juanita Morgan, a 15-year-old
deaf, blind child kept an audience
spellbound Friday morning at a
demonstration at the Rackham
School for Special Education in
Ypsilanti.
Juanita has been in Ypsilanti
for the past week in connection
with a laboratory course for teach-
ers in the training of deaf and
blind children. She stopped in
Ypsilanti en route to her home in
Buena Vista, Colorado from the
Perkins Institution for the Blind
at Watertown, Mass.
JUANITA is accompanied on
her trip by Mrs. Zittzus, the head
teacher at the Perkins Institution.
Before the demonstration began,
Mrs. Zittzus told the audience a
little about Juanita's education.
Juanita was brought to the
school when she was almost

> seven years old. When she en-
tered the school she was much
smaller than the average child.
Even today she does not look
her fifteen years.
The most important require-
ment in the teaching of these
children is to win their complete
confidence. In Juanita's case, this
was achieved through theaid of
another handicapped child.
JUANITA became very attach-
ed to this child soon after she ar-
rived at the school. When she
sensed that this child had com-
plete faith in her teacher, Juanita
also began to rely on the protec-
tion and aid of the teacher.
Three commands were used
to begin her speech education.
By feeling the teacher's lips and
the vibrations in her neck, she
learned to speak the words
"bow, fall and jump." At the

same time she learned to say the
word, she learned to carry out
the action.
The teacher exaggerated her
actions in order to facilitate the
learning of the child. Help was
given the child in order that she
could completely integrate the
bodily feeling of the movement.
Other words were added in the
same way.
IN THE TEACHING of singing,
the child again feels the lips and
the vibrations in the neck of the
teacher. At the same time, the
teacher beats the time of the mu-
sic on the arms of the child so she
can also learn the rhythm.
Juanita uses a braille type-
writer for all her writing. Her
training of this subject was also

begun with the use of the three
commands.
Juanita's education includes so-
cial studies, geography, basic
arithmetic, music, handiwork and
home economics. In her arithme-
tic' curriculum, she was taught
about money exchange and today
she does some of her own shop-
ping. She enjoys walking up and
down counters "window shop-
ping."
* * *
JUANITA HAS knitted mittens
and socks for herself and has al-
so made many baby clothes. She
is given complete directions for
the first article and then com-
pletes the second on her own.
Her teacher is compiling a book
of instructions so that when she
graduates from the school at the
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age of 21, anyone at her home will
be able to help her make any ar-
ticle.
While Mrs. Zittus was telling
about Juanita, the child was
knitting an afghan for her
counselor, having recently com-
pleted one for herself.
In addition to her knitting abil-
ity, Juanita does a great deal of
weaving, basketry and clay model-
ing.
* * *
SHE TAKES part in gymnasium
activities, swimming being one of
her favorite sports. She recently
passed her beginning swimmers'
test and will enter the interme-
diate class in the fall.
All the children at the school
live in cottages where they take
an active part in household
tasks. Juanita takes care of the
cleaning and picking up of her
own room. She completely
housecleans it three times- a
-year.
In addition, she cleans the halls
and stairways of the cottage,
washes and dries dishes, pares
vegetables and does a small
amount of cooking. The children
are not encouraged to cook be-
cause of the danger of fires.
JUANITA WASHES and irons
her own underclothes and has re-
cently expressed the desire to
learn to iron her own dresses.
Juanita was perfectly at ease
on the stage. She is a very pret-
ty girl and looked very attrac-
tive in her blue and white check-
ed dress. She seems to be very
happy and a well-adjusted child
in spite of her handicap.
Juanita is from a family of five
children and is treated like a
normal child when she is at home.
Her family is very anxious' that
she be as normal as possible.
* * *
FOLLOWING the remarks, Mrs.
Zittzus and Juanita showed how
the beginning command lessons
were carried out. Then Juanita
demonstrated how shelearned to
sing. She also wrote a few sen-
tences on her braille typewriter.
As a conclusion, Juanita read
a story she had written on the
train about her trip from Mas-
sachusetts to Ypsilanti. It was
surprising how much she had
learned and been able to put
into words. Her story was very
fascinating and her delivery was
clear and understanding.
At the close of the demonstra-
tion, Juanita was presented with
an orchid corsage by the Lions
Club of Ypsilanti. The look of
pleasure that appeared on her
face when she realized what she
had received was indescribable.
Mrs. Zittzus explained that once
before-when she attended the
senior prom, Juanita had also
had an orchid corsage.
* *, *
MRS. ZITTZUS explained that
the aim of the school is to make
the children as self-sufficient as
possible and also to help the chil-
dren get along with other people.
Children from all over the coun-
try are accepted at the schiol.
* * *
THE PURPOSE of Juanita's
visit to Ypsilanti was to illustrate
the method that is used in the
education of these children and
also to show what results can be

expected. This method is called
the tactual-vibration method.
This demonstration was in con-
junction with a laboratory course
in the training of teachers for
the education of deaf and blind
children offered this summer at
Ypsilanti State Normal College in
cooperation with the University of
Michigan.

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Perkins Institution for the Blind at Watertown, Mass. reads the
sentence she wrote on her braile typewriter to her teacher, Mrs.
Zittzus. Juanita appeared at a demonstration Friday morning
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