National Geographic : 1955 Mar
() National Ueographic Society T Mirror Helps a Girl Learn to Say Sounds She Never Hears "It is possible to teach the deaf to hear speech with their eyes," Alexander Graham Bell wrote 80 years ago. Marjorie E. Magner uses a mirror in teaching speech at the Clarke School for the Deaf, Northampton, Massa chusetts, a United States pioneer in the use of the oral method of teaching deaf children. Mary Jo McCor mick watches as the teacher says the sound "oo." She sees the positions and movements of speech and feels them with her hand on the teacher's face. Through the earphones she may detect the voice faintly. Jiotlachromes by National Ueographic lihotograpller Willard 1t. Culver + Babbling Voices Vibrate a Balloon; Breath Stirs the Paper Strip Clarke teachers encourage beginners, relaxed and play ful, to babble in order to develop natural voice quality. Here the teacher repeats "buh buh buh" close to the balloon. Stephen Weikart feels the vibration of the voice through his fingers and cheek and then responds. Phyllis Haley learns to say the word "farm." When she makes the sound of "f" correctly, her breath flutters the strip of paper held before her mouth. "Farm" is only one word of an ever-growing vocabulary that she must learn to speak during the first year.