By Cliff Cunningham
Already demonstrated because the writer of the traditional paintings for folks of Down Syndrome little ones, Cliff Cunningham has now produced the definitive examine during this box. sensible and valuable, its sympathetic and knowing strategy covers all of the questions mom and dad ask concerning the motives, features and analysis of Down Syndrome and contains the tough concerns round prenatal tests.
Cliff Cunningham bargains with the early reactions and emotions that oldsters can have and the way the family members adapt and cope whilst a toddler is clinically determined. He explores the psychological, motor and social improvement of youngsters with Down Syndrome, from delivery to maturity. Cliff Cunningham has tested a research of over a hundred and sixty youngsters born with Down Syndrome and their growth into maturity, the most important survey of its variety ever carried out.
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But that does not mean the overall incidence is greater among the middle classes. Working class people are just more likely to be misdiagnosed or not diagnosed at all. They can be caught in a disability trap along the lines of ‘We were so poor we couldn’t afford autism in our family. ’ It can be difficult to get an accurate diagnosis. There seems to be something but we’re not sure what began at age eight and it was officially HFA/Asperger’s at eighteen and a half (she is now 20). In between it was: ‘A reaction to hearing loss’ (she did also have glue ear).
Sometimes there is a confusion of labels. Atypical autism, obsessive compulsive disorder, autistic tendencies, and social and communication disorder seem to be the ‘hip’ diagnoses being dished out in our area at the moment. ’ Won’t tell you of the provision and placement offered to this child by the LEA though, as that is more frightening than the label!! The first psychologist I took him to wrote down a diagnosis as this, taken from the DSM IV: ‘Mixed receptive-expressive language disorder Phonological Disorder Learning Disorder OS (word retrieval; phonological processing deficit) Pervasive Developmental Disorder NOS’ This was one diagnosis.
As one parent wrote: The only one that really made us angry was the local authority Educational Psychologist who told us there was nothing wrong with her except that she wasn’t very bright and we were middle class parents who couldn’t cope with having a low-achieving child! She has just finished a BTech in Art and Design at Chelsea College of Art. The reality is somewhat different. Low achievement and social and personal difficulties are almost expected of disadvantaged communities who are viewed as victims of their environment.