Post # 1
Sorry if my ignorance in this post offends anyone. However, I was in Target the other day and I saw a group of children with their ‘workers?’. The children ranged from say 10-16 and most of them were in wheelchairs. This sounds so off the way I’m going to say it but I don’t know how else to. They did not have down syndrome or CP, and I just didn’t know what they had. I am a teacher and these type of children aren’t ever in the school even in the moderately disabled classes. I guess the best way I can describe them is that they would say or mumble words and some of them just would stare off and drool. Sometimes a child might just make a groaning noise. Basically what I would like to know is there a name for their condition? Also, if a woman is trying to get pregnant, is it something that can be avoided or is it genetics, lack of oxygen at birth, etc.? Again, I’m sorry if this comes off bad, I just wanted some feedback. Thanks.
Post # 3
Were they female or male? It really just depends. There are lots of conditions out there that can cause people to end up like this. I currently do research in RETT syndrome. It’s a form of autism that affects girls. They sometimes can end up like this depending on the severity of the condition. I don’t think that anyone can really give you a definitive answer here since there are SO many things it could be.
Post # 4
there are a lot of conditions that can cause things like that. autism is probably one of the more common ones. unfortunately, a lot of it is just genetic.
Post # 5
They were both boys and girls. Yeah, I asked a friend of mine who is a teacher as well, and she didn’t know either.
Post # 6
yeah, i agree – nobody here is going to be able to give you a definitive answer about what was wrong with those particular children. there are a lot of conditions that can cause low-functioning. could be autism, could be some kind of brain damage, could be epilepsy (if severe enough), could be MR… who knows? while many disorders may be genetic, as a pregnant woman, besides avoiding the obvious dangers – alcohol, drugs, etc – some things may genuinely be out of your hands…
Post # 7
Any number of things. Genetics, lack of O2, cord wrapping around the neck, car accidents, falling from a structure, falling in general, strokes…..
Depending on the severity, there are “special schools” for kids of this nature. They’re more of a daycare/life skill working center than an actual academic program.
I’ve known a few special needs kids at varying levels and while exhausting to care for, their parents wouldn’t have traded them for the world. I guess it really comes down to, when it happens you do what you have to. Most special needs parents I know learn more from their kids than vice versa… they really teach you what it means to love…
Post # 8
@MacFaniam24: I work in child developmental psychology (not necessarily dealing with mental disorders, though) However, I did a lot of coursework in that type of thing.
What you are describing could be many many different conditions. Each child in the group could have even had a different condition, but the outward physical signs are the same.
As far as preventing these things, it is a complicated matter. A majority of mental and physical handicaps are genetic, where both the mother and the father have to be carriers. (sometimes you can both get tested for specific diseases before you conceive if you are very concerned) What you are describing sounds like it may be genetic.However, a woman who is planning on becoming pregnant should take lots of precautions. Of course you must know the horrible dangers of smoking and drinking while pregnant. Babies born to moms who drank through their pregnancy can have a plethora of mental and physical handicaps. As soon as you find out you are pregnant, you should see a doctor and ask his recommendations for diet and exercise, as well as what medicines you can take. Prescriptions and OTCs can be very harmful. I’m not sure if you are aware of the case with a certain drug (in the 70s I believe) that was given to pregnant women for morning sickness. Most of their babies were born with severe deformities, such as no arms.
I’m not trying to scare you – the FDA today does a much better job of testing drugs given to pregnant women! But you must also be in contact with a doctor, take your vitamins and take precautions for your baby’s health.
Post # 9
Like other bees have said, it could be anything from severe autism to CP to brain damage to any combination of them. Sometimes a child is just born that way and sometimes it’s due to drug use by the mother, lack of oxygen, or malpractice. My mom worked at a preschool for handicap children for years and at least one of the above circumstances applied to a lot of her kids.