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Speaking To The Deaf

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Many pebple, aud I ara sorry to say sorue teachers of thedeaf, fail to realize - in practioe at least - that speech is not as clearly visible to the eye as it is audi ble to the ear, and thiuk that by speak' ing slowly, wortTby word, aud opening their ruouths to the widest extent they will renderthe task of the speech reader easier. As a matter of fact they render j it all the more difflcult. A child in i school may learn to understaud a teacher who mouths bis words iu this manner, but this ability is of lio valué to ! hini when he leaves school. Indeed peri f ectly natural, delibérate speech is easier ; to nnderstaud than tbe exaggerated form of articulatiou which people are apt to use the moment they know they are ta-lking to a totally deaf person. People who depend entirely npon their speech readiug for understanding I others have requ&sted me, when intröducing them to strangers, not to say that they were deaf, because they fiud it easier to read the lips when the per son speaking is not awarethat he is be; ing understood in that way. I have in my acquaintance a young man educated wholly by this method who travels a great deal aud picks up acquaintauces on the steamer or on the train just as people do who possess all their f aculties. I 1 have in iniud also a congenitally i deaf girl of 14 who is not considered ! uuusually bright, yet whose speech is clearly intelligible to strangers af ter tbe first ten minutes, who is intelligent on the topics of the day, and whose larger aud more conversational repertory is much larger ana more entertainiug thau that of ruany young ladies of 20 aud over that I have met in


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