The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on November 10, 1968 · Page 38
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 38

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Sunday, November 10, 1968
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(14 Palm Beach Post-Times, Sunday, Nov. 10, 1968 EASY DCES IT - Mrs. Stuke, YW swim teacher (at left), helps a Royal Palm school youngster overcome fear of water as she coaches him in floating on his back. His classmate looks on with admiration. AND WIG BOUTIQUE WATER BALLET A group of older girls (below) from Royal Palm school learns basic formations for water ballet as part of the YWCA's program for handicapped NOW OPEN MON. THRU SAT. ALSO THURS. EVENING BY APPOINTMENT All PERMANENT WAVE PRICES REDUCED MON. I TUES. T V S 832-7579 cnuaren. 137 BRADLEY PL. PALM BEACH FREE PARKING Exceptional Pioneering In The Pool -- , "ft JT Jr' By BETTY CARR Special Correspondent Pioneering in a swimming pool? It's been going on for nearly nine years at the West Palm Beach YWCA. And, according to swim Instructor Mrs. Rustie Stuke, the discovery of swimming achievement possible by handicapped and retarded children in group classes has been rewarding. It has long been accepted as fact that such exceptional children can be taught water safety and swimming only on a one-to-one basis that Is, one teacher to each pupil. Mrs. Stuke has developed a system of class teaching, however, which she feels Is not only effective but more beneficial than the individual Instruction technique. This Is due in part, she contends, to the short or limited attention span of the handicapped or retarded child. Here Is an example of how she has found it most desirable to con- duct a class of such children (or maximum results: The instructor divides a class of approximately eight students Into two groups. One group of four remains In the water at one side of the pool, playing In their assigned location while the instructor teaches the other group of four and progresses with them across the pool. Then the second group has its turn with the teacher. "Conducting a class in this manner," says Mrs. Stuke, "enables each group to be ready to listen and concentrate with the teacher In their turn." Thus, she calculates, their attention span need be only about one and a half minutes. "More can be accomplished with eight students using one teacher and one 'safety' on the pool deck In a one-hour period than with eight students on a one-to-one ration," Mrs. Stuke firmly contends. "How- charged for this Instruction," says Mrs. Stuke. "It's an entirely free service by the YWCA," she emphasizes with pride "but, it has been a real budget-breaker!" With the exception of special gifts from the local Alpha Chi Omega Sorority Alumnae Club the program Is financed from the YW's operating budget which Mrs. Stuke terms "limited." Loss of Income from the pool based on normal class fees for the same amount of time would be In excess of $10,000, she points out. This doesn't take into consideration pool expense, Insurance, or cost of staff. Mrs. Stuke has observed that swimming has a good effect on the physical being of the mentally retarded child In that he Is ready to get down to studies after the exercise of his swimming lesson. The hv-peractlve child, she notes, Is also better able to rest. Older groups of retarded children who travel to the YW by bus, she says, gain a side benefit In learning to save money for their fare. YW for that time. "Since we are surrounded by water here it is tremendous for these boys and girls to overcome their fear of water and learn to wim. Bonnie Lewis, who formerly taught swimming for the YW and Is now a teacher aid at Berkshire, couldn't agree more. Mrs. V. E. Llnd sometimes accompanies the class, In which her son Is a student, to the YW. New to the area, her son has only been receiving instruction since school began this fall, but he has learned to swim already. "He goes Into the pool at the apartment where we live nearly every day now," she says, "but he's In the water so much of the time he's not getting much of a tan." A booster of the YW program already, Mrs. Lind says, "Whatever publicity this program can get is wonderful." Since its inception In 1959, more than 800 lessons for handicapped children have been given by the YWCA with a total attendance of over i;i,000. "Nothing whatsoever Is See for Yourself if You're Qualified fo Train for High-Paying Computer Age Career! ever," she makes clear," the actual class number per teacher may vary depending upon the degree of retardation or impairment." When special handicaps require smaller groups or even individual instruction, these adjustments must be made. As a rule, though, the group method has worked well at the YVV. As proof Mrs. Stuke cites the fact that children from the YWCA's program for tumll-capprd children have won in local swimming competition. Emotionally, physically, and mentally handicapped youngsters are all Included in the program. This full nine classes have been held each week with a total enrollment of 110 pupils. Eight classes are from Royal Palm and Berkshire schools, arranged In cooperation with Palm Beach county schools' Director of Exceptional Children Education Mrs. Marjor ie Crick. The other class is from the Marian Day School of St. Juliana's Ca thollc church. "Our classes come once a week," says Mrs. Stuke. "Ideally they should come daily, but not only do we not have the time the value o( this training Is not yet realized by the public." Those closely associated with it realize the value very well, however, and their enthusiasm for the program attests to their conviction of its worth. Miss Sarah Blcan Is In her fourth year of teaching at Kov-al Palm School. "This is the greatest thing In the world for those children," she unequivocally affirms. "First of all, the experience of being out of the classroom and with a different teacher Is important. The whole Idea of physical activity for muscular coordination and learning how to control their bodies In a different environment water Is beneficial." Miss Bican says that some of the youngsters have never before been In a pool, or been able to do anything but be at home or go to school. "Even though we are very close lo the ocean," she continues, "some have never even been to the beach." Miss Blcan can remember Individual students she brought to the YW three years ago who wouldn't put their faces in the water. "It takes these children a longer period of time than It would the normal child, but they have steadily progressed, and each year they can do more things. A teacher of exceptional children Is an ungraded class at Berkshire school for four years, Mrs. Margaret Day has been bringing students to the SUSAN IS Register Now for Our "TUMOUR TBVOUT" BEAUTIFUL BUT SHE'S NOT A BLOND Clidiiie your personality witli a HernarJ Wig. 100 Human Hair Wijji. Lifetime Guarantee. Introduction to Computer Programming All Inclusive Fee Covers Everything only Fr'39wto179 PALM BEACH MALL AISO IN TITUSVIILE, ST. PETERSBURG and BARTOW, FIA. WIG SALON We are Growing Come and browse thru the largest selection of Fabrics, Buttons, Trims, Notions and Patterns in South Florida. 5 Two-Hour Daily Classes . . .Morning or Evening. . . Starting Monday, Nov. 18 History of Data Processing IBM Aptitude Test t EDP Demonstrations Flow Chart Processing Career Analysis Tests P.opl. from all wallet of life (an train for thil Space Age skill. , .preparing for carton that pay up to $12,000 and moro a yoar. 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