Saturday, March 31, 2007

What can you expect?

None of the therapy programs generally available for children with developmental difficulties have success at pluging the chinks in their movement through the developmental milestones. Most therapy programs focus on teaching as many skills as possible to someone who will be an adult with those developmental difficulties.

Teaching the un-teachable child

Most therapy programs assume that children with developmental difficulties will always have those developmental difficulties. So, they have stopped hoping that the movement through the developmental stages can be fixed. They have stopped searching for ways to round out the chinks in their movement through the developmental milestones.

Instead, they have settled for teaching the un-teachable child as their frame-of-reference. They select a series of skills that they think a grownup with developmental difficulties will need. They struggle for weeks or months or years to teach those skills to their un-teachable students. Of course, the workers in these therapy programs are very respectful of the special children with whom they work. They just assume these children will never be able to lose their symptoms.

It is in the diagnosis

There is an attitude that there is no cure built into the diagnostic process and even in the definitions of all of the individual problem diagnoses. Everyone involved thinks that this present-tense statement also includes the future as well. There is no cure is thought to also mean that there will never be a cure.

This presents an interesting problem. If someone found a cure, it could not be proved. The definition (for example) of PDD includes an item that there is no cure (with the un-written understanding that there will never be a cure). If researchers try to use a pre and post diagnosis testing in their research, the post-test (diagnosis) would indicate that the test subject continues with that developmental problem, because the subject obtained that diagnosis in the pre-test. Depending on the treatment, the research could certainly show that the symptoms have changed (maybe even gone away), but the diagnosic process does not include the possibility of cure.

If your child has one of these developmental difficulties, and receives a diagnosis for that problem, the child will continue with that diagnosis even if the child loses all of the symptoms of that diagnosis. Even when a child stops having that problem, the diagnosis continues. That is an interesting problem. Research to prove that the cure has been found, cannot prove it, because the definition does not permit that possibility.

So, what can you expect?

Even if the cure was discovered today, it would be many years before there is enough research to overcome the definitions, diagnostic specifications, and the diagnostic prejudice in existence today. This frame-of-reference that there is no cure is so broad-based that little effort is being spent on searching for that cure or expecting a cure to be forthcoming. Parents should not expect the cure to be announced before their own child has children with developmental difficulties (don't expect it for decades).

No medical, psychological, or educational program provider has available, or will send you to, a program that offers a cure. And, the therapy programs they send you to will have the frame-of-reference that they are teaching an un-teachable child. Parents should not expect the mainstream medical, psychological, or educational programs to provide a cure. They have no understanding of that possiblility.

If parents want to find anything close to a cure for their children with developmental difficulties, they should not look for that in the mainstream therapy programs. It is simply not there. They have to look at alternative programs.

If parents want their child to surpass their developmental difficulties, they should search for programs which work with the movement through the developmental stages. Our Developmental Discovery System™ inspires the innate predisposition for maturity. And, we get your children to round out the chinks in their movement through the developmental milestones.

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