A great many well-trained people from a number of different fields are directing professional efforts toward brightening the world of the backward child, "the slow learner," and the child whose intellectual endowment does not enable him to participate normally in competitive social life. He's the opposite of the slow kind of child we talked about before where we pep things up. Drooling seems to be caused by several things. Share this article Share. We now know enough about the ways that personality develops to be sure that the retarded child can have a pleasing "healthy" per- sonality. It may help to mark the back of the garment, but even so it's hard for a child to learn to place the label by his nose in order to have it end up by his backbone.
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Emphasis on cleanliness and good table manners can discourage the child's appetite and efforts, too. All children may do these things, but they are frequently mentioned by parents of retarded children. The child who has trouble sitting because she stiffens backward may need some kind of back support to sit while bathing. He may pass unnoticed in a child health confer- ence or pediatrician's office for another year or two. Finally he can do it alone. It may be as hard as talking about where babies come from.
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The glasses do help him see a red truck, the roaring train, or an airplane, and he can associate certain interesting sound with the sight. All children may do these things, but they are frequently mentioned by parents of retarded children. Developmentally disabled boy berated at Yankee Stadium. Or, like other things parents can't talk about easily, like matters of sex or death for instance, they decide it's bad or wrong. Keep things which distract to a minimum.
In fact, many city parents express the wish "Oh, if we only lived in the country! We can only set the stage, take him, and be sure he feels proud of staying clean and dry. The child does the work. Later on a swing or seesaw may help. Selecting clothes for the next day at bedtime gives him a good starting place the next morning. In fact, many parents have already known or suspected this child was different, long before the doctor or psychologist or school teacher said so.
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