Sample B10 from The Sun, [Baltimore] March 18, 1961, Sports, pp. 1,18 "The Morning After" by Bob Maisel December 10, 1961, sec. E, p.8 "Handling Autistic..." by F.L. lig & L.B.Ames "Old Art of Embroid" by Betty Pepis A part of the XML version of the Brown Corpus2,003 words 344 (17.2%) quotesB10

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Miami , Fla. , March 17 .

An out-of-town writer came up to Paul Richards today and asked the Oriole manager if he thought his ball club would be improved this year .

Now Richards , of course , is known as a deep thinker as baseball managers go . He can often make the complex ridiculously simple , and vice versa . This happened to be vice versa , but even so , the answer was a masterpiece .

`` It's a whole lot easier '' , he said , `` to increase the population of Nevada , than it is to increase the population of New York city '' . And with that he walked off to give instruction to a rookie pitcher .

`` That is undoubtedly a hell of a quote '' , said the writer , scratching his head . `` Now , if I can just figure out what he's talking about , I'll use it '' .

Two spots open This was just Richard's way of saying that last year the Birds opened spring training with a lot of jobs wide open . Some brilliant rookies nailed them down , so that this spring just two spots , left and right field , are really up for grabs .

It should be easier to plug two spots than it was to fill the wholesale lots that were open last year , but so far it hasn't worked that way .

This angle of just where the Orioles can look for improvement this year is an interesting one . You'd never guess it from the way they've played so far this spring , but there remains a feeling among some around here that the Orioles still have a chance to battle for the pennant in 1961 .

Obviously , if this club is going to move from second to first in the American League , it will have to show improvement someplace . Where can that improvement possibly come from ? ?

You certainly can't expect the infield to do any better than it did last year .

Robby could be better . Brooks Robinson is great , and it is conceivable that he'll do even better in 1961 than he did in 1960 . You can't expect it , though . Robby's performance last year was tremendous .

It's the same with Ron Hansen and Jim Gentile . If they do as well as they did in 1960 there can be no complaint . They shouldn't be asked to carry any more of the burden .

Hansen will be getting a late spring training start , which might very well set him back . He got off to an exceptional start last season , and under the circumstances probably won't duplicate it .

There are some clubs which claim they learned something about pitching to him last year . They don't expect to stop him , just slow him down some with the bat . He'll still be a top player , they concede , because he's got a great glove and the long ball going for him . But they expect to reduce his over-all offensive production .

Breeding might move up

Gentile can hardly do better than drive in 98 runs . Don't ask him more .

I have a hunch Marv Breeding might move up a notch . But even so , he had a good year in 1960 and won't do too much better .

So , all in all , the infield can't be expected to supply the added improvement to propel the Birds from second to first .

And the pitching will also have trouble doing better . Richards got a great performance out of his combination of youth and experience last season .

Where , then , can we look for improvement ? ?

`` From Triandos , Brandt and Walker '' , answers Richards . `` They're the ones we can expect to do better '' .

The man is right , and at this time , indications are that these three are ready for better seasons .

Triandos hasn't proved it yet , but he says he's convinced his thumb is all right . He jammed it this spring and has had to rest it , but he says the old injury hasn't bothered him . If he can bounce back with one of those 25 home runs years , the club will have to be better off offensively .

I'm still not convinced , though , I'll have to see more of him before predicting that big year for him . Hank Foiles , backed up by Frank House who will be within calling distance in the minors , make up better second line catching than the Birds had all last year , but Gus is still that big man you need when you start talking pennant .

To me , Brandt looks as though he could be in for a fine year . He hasn't played too much , because Richards has been working on him furiously in batting practice . He's hitting the ball hard , in the batting cage , and his whole attitude is improved over this time last year .

When he came to Baltimore , he was leaving a team which was supposed to win the National League pennant , and he was joining what seemed to be a second division American League club . He was down , hard to talk to , and far too nonchalant on the field . As of now , that all seems behind him . He's been entirely different all spring .

And Walker looks stronger , seems to be throwing better than he did last year . Let him bounce back , and he could really set up the staff .

So , if the Orioles are to improve , Brandt , Triandos and Walker will have to do it .

So far the platoons on left and right fielders don't seem capable of carrying the load .

Of course , this isn't taking into consideration the population of Nevada and New York city , but it's the way things look from here at this point .

Is the mother of an `` autistic '' child at fault ? ? ( The `` autistic '' child is one who seems to lack a well-defined sense of self . He tends to treat himself and other people as if they were objects -- and sometimes he treats objects as if they were people . ) Did his mother make him this way ? ?

Some people believe she did .

We think differently . We believe that autism , like so many other conditions of defect and deviation , is to a large extent inborn . A mother can help a child adapt to his difficulties .

Sometimes she can -- to a large extent -- help him overcome them . But we don't think she creates them . We don't think she can make her child defective , emotionally disturbed or autistic .

The mother of a difficult child can do a great deal to help her own child and often , by sharing her experiences , she can help other mothers with the same problem . Since little is known about autism , and almost nothing has been written for the layman , we'd like to share one experienced mother's comments . She wrote :

total disinterest

As the mother of an autistic child who is lacking in interest and enthusiasm about almost anything , I have to manipulate my son's fingers for him when he first plays with a new toy . He wants me to do everything for him .

`` You don't believe that autistic children become autistic because of something that happens to them or because of the way their mother treats them . But I do and my psychiatrist does , too . I know , that my son wants control and direction , but being autistic myself I cannot give full control or direction .

`` One thing I notice which I have seldom heard mentioned . This is that autistic people don't enjoy physical contact with others -- for instance , my children and I . When I hold my son he stiffens his whole body in my arms until he is as straight and stiff as a board . He pushes and straightens himself as if he can't stand the feeling of being held . Physical contact is uncomfortable for him '' ! !

This mother is quite correct . As a rule , the autistic child doesn't enjoy physical contact with others . Parents have to find other ways of comforting him . For the young child this may be no more than providing food , light or movement . As he grows older it may be a matter of providing some accustomed object ( his `` magic '' thing ) . Or certain words or rituals that child and adult go through may do the trick . The answer is different for each autistic child , but for most there is an answer . Only ingenuity will uncover it .

What future holds `` Dear Doctors : We learned this year that our older son , Daniel , is autistic . We did not accept the diagnosis at once , but gradually we are coming to . Fortunately , there is a nursery school which he has been able to attend , with a group of normal children .

`` I try to treat Daniel as if he were normal , though of course I realize he is far from that at present . What I do is to try to bring him into contact with reality as much as possible . I try to give him as many normal experiences as possible .

`` What is your experience with autistic children ? ? How do they turn out later '' ? ?

Many autistic children grow up to lead relatively normal lives . Certainly , most continue to lack a certain warmth in communication with other people , but many adjust to school , even college , to jobs and even to marriage and parenthood .

Single-color use question -- A first grader colors pictures one solid color , everything -- sky , grass , boy , wagon , etc. . When different colors are used , she is just as likely to color trees purple , hair green , etc. .

The other children in the class use this same coloring book and do a fairly good job with things their proper color . Should I show my daughter how things should be colored ? ? She is an aggressive , nervous child . Is a relaxed home atmosphere enough to help her outgrow these traits ? ? Answer -- Her choice of one color means she is simply enjoying the motor act of coloring , without having reached the point of selecting suitable colors for different objects . This immature use of crayons may suggest that she is a little immature for the first grade .

No , coloring isn't exactly something you teach a child . You sometimes give them a little demonstration , a little guidance , and suggestions about staying inside the lines . But most learn to color and paint as and when they are ready with only a very little demonstration .

Seen in decorating circles of late is a renewed interest in an old art : embroidery . Possibly responsible for this is the incoming trend toward multicolor schemes in rooms , which seems slated to replace the one-color look to which we have been accustomed . Just as a varitinted Oriental rug may suggest the starting point for a room scheme , so may some of the newest versions of embroidery .

One such , in fact , is a rug . Though not actually crewel embroidery , it has that look with its over-stitched raised pattern in blue , pink , bronze and gold and a sauterne background . The twirled , stylized design of winding stems and floral forms strongly suggests the embroidered patterns used so extensively for upholstery during the Jacobean period in England .

Traditional crewel embroidery which seems to be appearing more frequently this fall than in the past few years is still available in this country . The work is executed in England ( by hand ) and can be worked in any desired design and color .

Among some recent imports were seat covers for one series of dining room chairs on which were depicted salad plates overflowing with tomatoes and greens and another set on which a pineapple was worked in naturalistic color .

Chinese influence For a particularly fabulous room which houses a collection of fine English Chippendale furniture , fabric wall panels were embroidered with a typically Chinese-inspired design of this revered Eighteenth Century period . Since the work is done by hand , the only limitation , it is said , `` is that of human conception '' .

Modern embroidered panels , framed and meant to be hung on the wall , are another aspect of this trend . These have never gone out of style in Scandinavian homes and now seem to be reappearing here and there in shops which specialize in handicrafts . An amateur decorator might try her hand at a pair during the long winter evenings , and , by picking up her living room color scheme , add a decorative do-it-yourself note to the room .