There is an increased level of awareness for people with special needs in Singapore nowadays. This is definitely good for all of us, especially for our children and the next generations. Good in the sense that there could be an increased level of self-awareness, an increased level of understanding from the general public and an increased demand for greater research and support for these special needs sector. But is it really all good now?
It has been noted that in society, the unique and different tends to be frowned upon first. Society prefers conformity and it is arguable that humans prefer to have a sense of norm for them to function properly. Even the most dysfunctional person has a norm – it is their constant dysfunction! If you place a break in their routine or norm – for example a purposeful, functional and consistent routine in a dysfunctional person’s life – they will struggle. The same can be said to those who conform to norms and functional behaviour too. If they have a blip from their norms, they will struggle.
Life is a daily challenge for everyone who is alive. All of us are unique and different in our own ways. Some of us have diagnosis, placed upon us for us to get the help we need, some don’t. Some will prefer toast bread for breakfast, some prefer noodles. Some are gifted in some areas, some need help. All of us are different. All of us are unique.
I will be writing some entries to talk about some commonly known traits and causes of what people call ‘disorders’ from the common ‘order’ in the next few entries. I will write about Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Developmental Delay, Language delays and impairment, Specific Learning Difficulties such as Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, Dysphasia, Down syndrome and others.
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Till next time!