Many labels, one truth…
A = Autism –a collection of symptoms based on observation of behaviors, a subjective diagnosis… (And that’s one of the clearer definitions…) As many as, 1 in 38 children are being labeled with the “A” word…and the numbers keep growing.
B = Brain-Injury –At least this label says, what is actually hurt…the brain. We often think Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI,) but “B” actually includes any lack of oxygen whether in-utero, during birth, stroke, near drowned, etc…
C = Cerebral Palsy –Another label for an injury to the brain, most commonly referring to muscle tone…(maybe that seems oversimplified, but is this one any better? “Cerebral palsy is a group of conditions, signs and symptoms vary from one individual to the next.” – Really?
D = Down’s & Genetics –It is my understanding that genes express themselves in ways that can cause injury. Genes may be locked in, but recovering from the injury is quite a different story.
E = Educational Wound –35% of 1st graders move on to 2nd grade without being able to read…straddled with all sorts of negative labels..lazy, stupid, slow, etc. What then is a child supposed to think of themselves, eh? Some of the most incredible creative people have struggled through dyslexia.
F = Family Wound –Traumatic experience whether from family of origin, schoolyard bullying, or the the battlefields of war… a family wound is a wounding of the brain through experience. Commonly called PTSD.
G = Global Delay –Everything is effected. Whether it’s called Developmental Delay, Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD), the simple truth is the kid’s hurt.
If I were to write this as a math equation it might look like this: A+B+C+D+E+F+G=H Hurt Kids
What’s wrong with buying into these labels…? They affect the way we think and act. “My kid is hurt. I want them to be well…” These simple statements propel us to find solutions and look for what really works.
It has long been my thinking that straddling little ones with more and more labels, is a bad idea. Over the years this thinking has been confirmed by IAHP.org, Glenn Doman and Claudie Pomares…they have invested their lives in removing labels, and journeying hurt kids to wellness.