When did Keller's parents realise that Helen's education should be started as early as possible ?

Asked by pdcavita | 24th Nov, 2017, 09:50: PM

Expert Answer:

In the immediate aftermath of her illness, Helen communicated with crude signs and body language. However, sometimes she could not understand anyone and people around her failed to gauge what she said; she was left with no method of interacting with her surroundings. This made the young Helen angry and she had fits of temper.
The loss of her sight and hearing greatly complicated the process of learning to speak for the young Helen. It was enormously difficult for her to communicate when she wanted to express herself to the outside world. Helen was unable to express her feelings or needs through words because she had not yet learned how to talk; she could not point to words or symbols because she could not see them. The result was that she was isolated in frustration and inability to communicate effectively. She states that the few signs she used became less and less adequate and her failures were invariably followed by outbursts of passion. Her parents were deeply grieved and perplexed by this. They were of the opinion that if she learnt how communicate, then such outbursts would be in check. Her mother, Kate Keller, had ray of hope which came from Dickens's 'American Notes' in which Laura Bridgman was educated inspite of being both deaf and blind.  

Answered by  | 28th Nov, 2017, 03:37: PM

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