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Feral Children All below from: Genie, a modern-day Wild Child Acute social deprivation Genie (not Jeanie, Geanie, Jeannie or Geannie and, in any case, not her real name) is a modern-day "wild child" who, until discovery at the age of 13, had lived in a state of severe sensory and social deprivation. Strapped to a potty-chair in her home in Temple City, Los Angeles, California, Genie wasn't taught to speak, and was denied normal human interaction. Read the full story of Genie Scroll down for The Story of Genie. You can also read more about Genie online in The Civilizing of Genie by Maya Pines, a chapter from Teaching English through the Disciplines: Psychology. You can also read this transcript from the NOVA documentary on Genie. What happened to Genie? When she reached 18, Genie was returned to the care of her mother, where she stayed only a few months. Genie then lived in six different foster homes (sometimes receiving further abusive treatment), and then moved to sheltered accommodation (a care home for adults who cannot live alone) in Southern California. She is still there now, and apparently doing reasonably well under the circumstances. Further reading, viewing and listening Genie features in many books, especially Russ Rymer's Genie: A Scientific Tragedy and Genie: An Abused Child's Flight from Silence (both essentially the same book). For a response to a review of this book, see this letter from Susie Curtiss and Vicki Fromkin. An extensive chapter of Savage Girls and Wild Boys by Michael Newton is devoted to Genie, and the book also has photographs. The film Mockingbird Don't Sing is based on the story of Genie. Genie's story is also told in the Nova TV programme Secret of the Wild Child, and in a rather expensive BBC video Genie: A Deprived Child. Genie was the inspiration for the song Crooked Teeth by Muncie indie rock group Killjoy Confetti. The lyrics are reproduced with permission: Crooked Teeth and you can also download the MP3 on that page. Genie and Language Acquisition The case of Genie, and the difficulties she faced in learning to speak, are widely quote as evidence for the critical period hypothesis. However, read Jones (Contradictions And Unanswered Questions In The Genie Case) for a critical review of the way in which the evidence from Genie has been represented in different ways at different times. If you're interested in the detailed source material, essential reading is Genie: A Pyscholingustic Study of a modern-day "wild child" by Susan Curtiss, which you should find in any good library. The Story of Genie On November 4, 1970 a girl was discovered. She had been locked in a room alone for over ten years. She was tied to a potty chair and left to sit alone day after day. At night, she was tied into a sleeping bag which restrained her arms. She was put into an over-sized crib with a cover made of metal screening. Often she was forgotten. On those nights she slept tied to the potty chair. At first, people could hardly believe that Genie was thirteen years old. While she seemed to understand a few words, the only words she could say were, "stopit" and "nomore." She had a strange bunny-like walk— she held her hands up in front of her like paws and moved in a

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