The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 10, 1967 · Page 8
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 8

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, January 10, 1967
Page 8
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CUMBERLAN D HOUS In the comfort of his counselor'*, drmf, th!» child'* problems soon faded away. M ost emotionally disturbed children are not mentally retarded. Still, such children were-and still are—placed in homes for the delinquent or mentally retarded? in state institutions, often in wards with psychotic patients. Cumberland House, in Nashville, Term,, wjas established in 1962 under a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health as a pilot center of a project designed to combat this. Some 32 children now reside at Cumberland House. They live in dormitories, each housing eight students and a teacher-counselor. The children, aged six through 12, are usually referred to the school by mental health clinics. Parents pay a tuition based on their ability to A student's life is filled with academic work, recreation and arts and crafts—an optimistic,- vigorous program that makes it difficult for a child to act in a disturbed way. Each child is counseled on his particular problems and is drawn into group life. The goal of the school is to develop ways to help disturbed children so that they won't be institutionalized as adults. The emphasis is on educating the child to adjust to all phases of normal life rather than on psychotherapy. Many of the children are returned home and to normal schools after an average of six months. School officials do admit, though, that not all of the 250 children enrolled so far have been helped. Dr. Kenneth Hobbs, chief investigator for the project, termed it "very remarkably successful." There has been a 75 percent improvement rate at less expense than normal psychotherapy methods, he said. Students and counselor share a quiet moment of prayer before sitting down to the evening meal. After dinner, the students will have supervised homework sessions. A teacher help* a ,boy *ohM a tricky math problem. Once a week this counselor tots student* take their frustrations out on him in a rough-houM session. Youthful finger* are guided on a potttry This Week's PICTURE SHOW by AP Wiolopsplier Bruc« Cooter"

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