...r tended to her activities of daily living – feeding her, grooming her. However, her mother had no insight on her condition and how to help her take care of herself. I, personally took her to school and talked to teachers who advised to have her join a school for the disabled, she was falling behind in classes and it was affecting her mentally and emotionally. She was visually impaired and no one in the family knew until she took a vision test catered to her. She is now 22 years old, and it amazes me to see how she has flourished. A young girl who used to be glued to the television, watching cartoons and the likes, she is now on her iPad watching videos on YouTube, face-timing with friends and family. When our grandmother passed away a few years ago, she took it upon herself to console everyone. Had her growth been hindered, she wouldn’t be the person she is now.
Amanda cares about the health of her children. A childhood illness has left her daughter Laura with a limp. Being aware of this “cripple”, Laura has developed a mental fragility and an inferiority complex that have isolated her from the outside world (Unknown, Amanda Wingfield). If Amanda was not a good a good mother she would not worry at all about Laura’s health and independence. Instead she continuously tells Laura that her limp is not something to be ashamed of. “Nonsense! Laura, I’ve told you never, never to use that word. Why, you’re not crippled, you just have a little defect. . .” (Williams 1985) Amanda was afraid that because Laura’s health problems she would never receive gentlemen callers because “she had to walk with a brace and was extremely shy” (Unknown, Amandaa Wingfield). Amanda begins to see beyond her daughter as a crippled and does not let any of her children mention it.
Did your mother read to you when you were six weeks old? Did she teach you how to do math problems when you were two? Recently, I read an issue of Parenting Magazine and found an article on child development. Kathleen Parker’s article, “First Three Years Aren’t That Critical” tells us that parents today are putting to much emphasis on what the media and medical journals are saying, instead of using common sense. The article emphasizes that parents are going overboard on these new studies using good argumentative techniques. Although I found not all of what she said was accurate, I still felt she got her point across. Parker uses evidence from scientists and medical books, to further persuade the reader to side with her opinion. Parker uses good persuasive techniques by showing that not everything you read in the media about child development is true or factual. Parker also shows that she is not one-sided on the issue and gives a personal comment about the opposing viewpoint. I feel the author proved her point that parents are being ridiculous in how they are raising their child these days.
Reading this book has been interesting and heartbreaking experience. A Year of Magical Thinking, a journey through the grieving process. While dealing with the death of her husband, she is confronted with the sickness of her only child. This book touches me, and it makes me think of what would happen if my loved one died. This paper is a reflection of my thoughts and feelings about this woman’s journey that has been explored by book and video. I will also explore the author’s adjustment process, and how she views her changed self.
Parenting may be said as an experiment, because every parent has different views and ways of raising their own children. Parents raise their child in such ways in which they believe is beneficial and healthy for the child. A story that came across media news about a baby, Storm, being raised as “genderless” fueled a controversy in defiance of gender stereotyping. The Witterick family in Canada believed that by acknowledging this practice it would, “tribute to freedom and choice in place of limitation, a standup to what the world could become in Storm’s lifetime” (Davis and James). However, in terms of raising a genderless child, this can cause the child to be unprepared to face the conventional norms or society. This practice may be causing the child a disservice.
“The Short Bus: A Journey Beyond Normal” by Jonathan Mooney is the story of his journey around the U.S. in short bus nonetheless to meet with different children and their families who have faced challenges in school due to ADD, ADHD, Autism, and other learning disabilities. Jonathan Mooney himself faced the disability of Dyslexia and often had to deal with many challenges in school himself, but he appears to be one of the more fortunate ones, who was able to grow from his disability and ultimately get a degree in English. Needless to say, his book and journey lead the reader to question what really is “normal”, and how the views of this have caused the odds to be stacked against those who don’t fit the mold. Throughout, this story, for me personally however, this story gave several events that I found moving, and had the potential to influence my further work in education.
A second way Nusbaum supports her argument is by the way that she characterizes and personalizes many of the character’s narratives. Through the narratives of these characters she gives them normalized characteristics that show that the are not that different from “normal” people. “Normal” can be described as a socially constructed vision of what the average person should be like and include many things like a person being able to act on their own accord or a sense of autonomous thoughts. These constructed norms also include the way that people act within relationships and how able they are to interact with other people. These “normal” characteristics are given to many characters such as the relationship between, Teddy and Mia. Teddy and Mia both have physical disabilities but Teddy also has a minor mental disability. Despite these facts, they are able to conduct in a healthy loving relationship where they reciprocate feelings for each other that are sometimes not thought of coming from people with disabilities such as sexual desires to be with one another. Another person that shows many normal characteristics throughout the book is Yessenia Lopez, a girl who is physically disabled and must use a wheelchair. Her actions break many stereotypes and involve her getting into fist fights, starting a protest, and becoming sexually involved with a boy. These actions show a large sense of autonomy and show that she is capable of taking care of herself just as many other people with disabilities are. The way that Nusbaum distinctively gives each character “normal” traits speaks to show that people with disabilities are just that, “normal” people who happen to have
The idea of writing at any school level or in life is seen more as a grueling task than enjoyable experience. In the novel, Bird by Bird, the author Anne Lamott is speaking to a generation of writers, who may be struggling with the process. The content is rich with stories to help the writer analyze his or her own life to add it to their writing style, a concept that may be hard for some people. Bird by Bird is an effective book, because Lamott includes not only writing tips, but a sense of humor along with life advice.
Dan and Betsy go through their emotions on hearing about Samuel condition of cerebral palsy. The roll coaster of emotion they felt. As a parent I could relate to their emotion of having a child with disabilities. I would love my child regards of condition but the emotion I would feel would be fear. Dan and Betsy both went through fear; asking themselves what about his education, and interaction with others. I would have those same question; as
To support her claim, Harris establishes her ethos throughout the talk. Harris makes sure we know about her education relating to this talk. She is well educated, including a master’s degree and now a pediatrician with her own practice in San Francisco. Her practice is called California Pacific Medical Center which specializes in children. Harris opened this practice with her
In countries with life expectancies over 70 years of age, people spend on average about eight years, or 11.5 percent of their life span, living with disabilities. The passage "A Giant Step” by Henry Louis Gates Jr is a memoir about how he came to injure his foot, and all the complications that went along with the permanent injury. Similarly “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” is a story about a teen named Junior who has hydrocephalic, we learn the many complications that come along with this disability. There are similarities and differences in how both people live their lives. Both people with their disabilities find it within themselves not to give up and still overcome challenges. On the other hand both mothers aren't the same, their motives for their children are completely different. Junior was also able to live a little more normal life, have freedom meanwhile Gates was held back a little more from
The large ground finches have a higher curve while the medium ground finches have a smaller head and a tiny beak. The place in which the finches live is what changes their appearances and also the weather helps decide the appearance of these finches.
Marie and Callie both value motherhood and the sale of the puppy. Yet, their beliefs towards these concepts vary greatly. These two women are symbolic to the differing perceptions of all human beings because no two individuals have identical experiences or values. George Saunders emphasizes, in the short story “Puppy”, that perception is not a unanimously decided meaning of a concept because every individual’s past inspires an exclusive outlook on life. These unique views are evident in the many distinctive preferences that individuals express. What makes one person excited may enrage someone else. How we see the world, other people, and ourselves is reliant on on perception.
Considering that a down syndrome girl was a leading star in American Horror Story and Glee, missing limbs is not so jarring beyond my personal experience with those missing arms, legs, and eyes from daily life and my work in healthcare. But, what devastated me was the father’s reaction not due to the father’s personal horror, but how the father’s reactions would’ve translated to their highly intelligent daughter. His revulsion while understandable is painful for me as a reader due to my sympathy for his daughter. It also signals the crack in the idyllic family dynamic the reader was set up to believe in. Intellectually, I was baffled by both the fact the author chose to represent the baby’s mutation as essentially a slug and the father’s conclusion that his wife didn’t know their child did not have limbs. I find it hard to believe, that after several months of showers and diaper changing she doesn’t know her daughter is deformed. Which leads me to the conclusion that the internal debate and the suspense of the story was her coming to terms with her child. If she could accept her daughters deformity, its more than likely that her husband will as well. Hopefully, the title isn’t a foreboding