Treatment of Mentally Challenged Children

As I am sitting in high school study hall, I am constantly appalled by the way mentally disabled or slow children are treated - exactly like animals. They have no choice but to listen to their peers order them around like dogs. The tone of voice from these teachers sound angry and certainly uncaring in the least bit.

Here are a few orders I've heard from their supervisors:

- "Hug her.....I said hug Her...HUG HER NOW!"

- "[Teacher to teacher] He's trying to cause trouble again!"

- "Lets go...Nate, lets go...I said, LETS GO NOW!"

- "Do your work. Did you hear me, I said do your work!"

- Teacher: "Want to go visit _____?"

Student: No

Teacher: Lets go (In a sick voice as if beckoning a dog to sit)

Student: Leans unconfortably

Teacher: *Repeats the same sick line over and over again*

These are mentally retarded HIGH school students. Why should they be treated like 5 year olds? Shouldn't they be given an oppritunity to fend for themselves? About the teacher forcing a student to HUG another teacher! What the heck is this??? Even 1st graders aren't forced to do that! The constant unfriendly repetition of "COME HERE" or "DO THIS" really adds to the sinister tone of these uncaring teachers.

This raises questions on the nature of treatment in society. Essentially, the smarter a person is, the less they are controlled. These children have no free-will much like a cat or dog. I think even an animal has more rights them them - an animal may choose to take a walk, eat, explore, etc, but these children are under constant surveillance. Any deviation from the social norm gets them in trouble.

People may say, why shouldn't they be supervised? - they can't fend for themselves. I'm not against this, but the point being that they are treated so badly, it's like a master to slave relationship. At least give them SOME choice.

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Doctor Kristy 5 years ago from Australia

I think a lot of it comes from ignorance of how to treat them properly. I don't believe many teachers have had training as to how to deal with situations, except for teachers at schools just for children with learning difficulties. I feel for the teachers in that I understand it's probably hard for them. But the quotes from your article were all examples of completely unacceptable behaviour.

I reckon that society's treatment of mentally retarded people is pretty poor altogether, not just in schools. I was on the train the other day and a man of around 50 years old got on, who obviously had some sort of disability. He sat down and GROWN UPS moved away from where he was seated. When he started mumbling/singing half way through the trip, a group of girls in their late teens/early twenties actually started giggling.


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NathanielZhu 5 years ago from Virginia Beach Author

Hey!

Yeah, you're right. Teachers do need better training.

Omg. This reminds me of the time I was in special-ed in elementary school - but my teachers were so nice and caring. We learned and played like friend to friend.

Hmm. Maybe I should write a hub about that.


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Anne Pettit 5 years ago from North Carolina

This is a very compassionate, insightful hub. I have a child who is mentally retarded and you have made me think about some things. thankyou


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NathanielZhu 5 years ago from Virginia Beach Author

Thank You.

I mean only equality for those who don't have the power themselves.


Guylain 4 years ago

I work with mentally disabled adults who range from 18 years of age and up. Most people assume they need the repetition to fully process the information. Sometimes this is true and sometimes it isn't as they got the information and are in the act of processing it the first time, just takes them longer. Then again I work with one who is now graduating high school at the age of 20 and I honestly feel its a waste of time and effort as he has no desire to be a functioning member of society as long as he has someone to take care of him and a video game in front of him.


yogesh 4 years ago

I am very much confused & disturbed, I am finding my son 13 yrs old, is mentally growing very slow. I want to know treatment for this. can some one help me ........

mail - Yvjadhav@gmail.com

Cell 09881137140.

I stay in Pune, India.


shalini rajvansi 4 years ago

sir my sister is 15 years old but she have problem in study she cant understant any elfabate any number...... but she want to study.... her brain growth is slow. many time she do beahave like a 2years old kid. pls help me and tell me like a school who help her for study.................... .......my id is -- shalinirajvansi86@gmail.com i live in kanpur nagar


Aaron Cooley 4 years ago

Thank you for writing this article. Your thoughts on the treatment of mentally challenged children were very inciteful. I also think that if someone did not know that this happened to mentally challenged children, your article would be very helpfull to them. In fact, I used your article for a research paper on the topic of mentally challenged students being treated like young children.


WhitneyAustin 3 years ago

I like this hub. Sometimes just because they have the "education" doesn't mean they understand what the child is going through. I feel the same way. Like, yea, sure they did 5 years of studying and training to become a doctor, but I've got 21 years of experience. Some doctors has saved my life and some doctors have destroyed my body and my dreams. I dont have any mental disablilities but I do have mental problems sometimes! LOL! I've had 32 surgeries. And yet doctors and nurses or whoever still don't listen to me, because I know where to get a vein and all that. I worled in a multi-handicap room, it was my first job when I was a senior in high school I completely fell in love with it. I thought I knew what I wanted to do with my life.

This one boy that I was training with said my name, and all the other teachers told me that it never happened before. It was awesome. No matter what disablilities they have, they are all very special. My favorite part is the smile on their faces. I am physically challenged. I am a "retired" power tumber, and I am paying the price. We all the same, we are just extra special and we have more personaliltiy!


sincerely 3 years ago

I am appalled that my son was placed in e.s.d. at a young age, is almost 18 and never been given proper testing, all teachers have denied my requests for proper testing and for testing for any issues other than mental retardation and even those tests are not what I deem correctly to determine with certainty retardation. As I've sat through the tests with him and it's not been taken into consideration any outside factors such as missing a lot of school due to illness, lack of sleep, etc. My child is now considered under mental retardation or handicapped and lost all desire to feel productive and is told he is so limited why would he bother to think it worth his time to pursue a career or be considered "helping" society? And I don't blame him. He shows extreme intelligence and it's completely overlooked. And it's already been admitted plenty by these e.s.d. teachers that they simply place these kids if they have one small symptom of a deviation so they can retrieve funds for the physically disabled to meet the numbers photos for funding. I find it abhorrent and should be an illegal act with a punishment if a child is not given every complete opportunity for physical proof that he is truly disabled and even if so, he should have been helped to the degree of his true disability images of hearded in with a general group and treated as th st category and not been given proper attention with detail to his real issues and positive enforcement. I for one, can't stand the system for those reasons. And to take it to the higher ups, it's just like any other governments body, nearly impossible and time consuming taking half a Persons life to reach them just for a response and then get denied access to any requests.

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