Saturday 3 December 2016

Stella O'Malley: We should avoid 'medicalising' kids who are perhaps just a bit different

Stella O'Malley

Published 14/11/2016 | 02:30

It is well known that Albert Einstein was slow to learn how to speak. Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images
It is well known that Albert Einstein was slow to learn how to speak. Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images

Whenever I work with a client within a counselling context, I am invariably on their side.

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It doesn't matter how badly they may have behaved; once the client and I meet in a therapeutic setting, I stand shoulder to shoulder with the client in a bid to support them as they untangle the difficult patterns of their life.

This is why I wasn't surprised when Teresa Griffin, the head of the National Council for Special Education, said that some children are being wrongly made to "fit a certain category of disability in order for them to get a resource".

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