Education: Reading by Touch

In five years of school, a ten-year-old boy had learned to write one word: her. He thought it spelled chicken.

When his fifth-grade teacher despaired of ever teaching him to read or write, the boy was sent to the clinic school of Dr. Grace M. Fernald at the University of California at Los Angeles. His first day there he learned to write and recognized 14 words. In ten months he was back in school, able to read and write as well as his classmates.

In her 27 years at the clinic school, kindly, frowzy Grace Fernald has treated hundreds of thousands of such...

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