Oh, we’re not kiddy shrinks, so this post is not really about children. But I like the term, it implies that the person needs something more, that they have special– presumably increased– needs. It says nothing about potential. I use the term often, and sometimes with a bit of humor, to remind people that the playing field is not always level. There are people who start any given race with a handicap– a learning disability, dyslexia, major health problems, mental illnesses, horrible childhoods, addictions — and these set them on a slightly different course.
Some people overcome tremendous adversity. They function ‘as if’ they had no special needs. They have stories that would let you understand if they didn’t do very well in life, stories that would explain burying their heads in the sand, or crawling under a large rock. Sometimes these special needs people are Read more »
*This blog post was originally published at Shrink Rap*