Does anyone believe this man is stupid??
Of course not! He is Stephen Hawking for heaven’s sake!
How about him? Is he dumb?
The great James Earl Jones. I think not.
And what about Ken Jennings?
The most winning-est player on Jeopardy, does anyone think him an idiot? OF COURSE NOT!!
Just think about it… Hawking is unable to speak or move on his own. Yet we all know and believe, Stephen Hawking is one of the most brilliant minds of our time.
And James Earl Jones? He overcame a major stuttering problem to become the Voice of Darth Vader.
And Ken Jennings? Listen closely… as he wins game, after game, after game, after game on Jeopardy do you hear it?? He has a slight speech impediment.
So why do we assume that children unable to speak or move are stupid? See: How do I know it’s Possible
In the words of Glenn Doman, “Sure there are plenty of stupid people in the world. I have yet, to meet a brain-injured child who is one of them.” There are over 350+ different labels for hurt kids. Where are they hurt? In one, or several regions of the brain. Does this make them stupid, dumb, or retarded? ABSOLUTELY NOT! Not a single one of them.
How many of you have been told (or implied) that your child is slow, stupid, retarded, autistic, un-trainable, ineducable, and the like…?
These adjectives, or labels, could not be farther from the truth!
I am telling you that your hurt kid, maybe very hurt kid, is not only smart, they have the potential to be near-genius, or genius level smart. Until you, the parents, tap into creative ways to communicate, you may never know how much they already know, inside there. I have heard of story, after story, after story of 2 and 3 year old “autistic” children teaching themselves to read.
Consider this: How easy is it for a typical 2 year old to learn multiple languages when raised in such an environment? Piece of cake! So easy! Here is the gift. If your child is Neurologically young (not yet talking, running, or walking well…) then their “window” of learning STAYS OPEN as if they are 2 or 3 years old. See: A Good Problem
What do I mean by Intelligence and Education? Good ol’ fashion Reading, Writing, Math, Geography, History, Science, Literature, etc. Reading is done with the eyes. Writing can be conveyed by pointing or tapping one letter at a time, when necessary. And Math can be taught by little red dots, for the amounts up to 100 or 150. In fact, this is the BEST way to teach Math, by amount first. (Contact me for educational resources: firstname.lastname@example.org )
Bottom Line: Speech DOES NOT equal Intelligence!!
Just today, my kiddo read George Washington’s resignation speech to Congress at Annapolis (with words like sanguine, diffidence, arduous, rectitude, providence, and superintendence… I had to read it a few times over, with a dictionary in hand to make sure I got it. “This one is hard to read,” he communicates to me. But, did he flinch? Did he look away from the book? Nope. NO WORD is TOO BIG for a little kid.
Speech DOES NOT equal Intelligence!!