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Posted by Margaret on August 16, 2000 at 18:11:20:

In Reply to: from another board, perhaps you'd care to read? posted by Dad on August 15, 2000 at 20:31:34:

: This might get your blood boiling. If you want to respond to this guy, his e-mail
: address is


: © 2000

: Well, now. I am, once again, embarrassed to have to inform you that I have
: just learned about yet one more malady which I had never heard of, the other
: one being "Precocious Puberty," about which I have already written. My latest
: revelation concerns (drum roll and cymbal clash, please) "Sensory Integration
: Dysfunction."

: I learned about SID on a recent ABC "20/20" program which began by telling
: us that this is "a
: bizarre problem" afflicting "some young
: children." And "bizarre" this "problem" is with
: the program's intro reporting that SID causes
: these children to "scream in pain" even when the
: contact with their mothers is "gentle." But, do
: not despair. Because, we are assured, the lives
: of those with this "strange disorder" -- these
: "little patients" -- can be changed by (you
: guessed it) "amazing therapy."

: We begin by seeing a child "actually hurt" by
: the sound of his mom running a vacuum
: cleaner. "Turn it off," the child pleads. Even
: Mom's "loving caress" causes the child to say:
: "Don't touch me like that." The mom says she's
: sorry.

: ABC's Dr. Nancy Snyderman says all this seems
: like "more than a battle of wills." She notes that even the simplest things
: would set the child off, like wiping his face. We see the child saying:"Let go of
: me." Why even combing his hair
: causes the child to exclaim: "Don't! You're
: hurting me with that." And putting socks on the
: child makes him say: "Ow!"

: When the doc asks if the mom ever thought that
: she just had "a bratty kid" on her hands, mom
: says, "There were times when I couldn't -- I
: couldn't understand how upset he could get. It
: didn't seem just behavioral to me. It seemed
: something else was going on."

: Well, the doc says, there was something else
: going on. After years (!) of searching for
: answers, the child was diagnosed as having SID.
: His parents were told he had extreme reactions
: because he was "overly sensitive to sensation."

: Now, we see another doc, Dr. Lucy Miller of the
: Denver Children's Hospital, an "expert" on SID.
: She tells us that children with SID "cannot deal
: with sensation. They cannot process sensation
: correctly." At this point, we see the child one
: more time saying, "I told you not to touch me.
: Don't even touch my shirt."

: Hmmmmm. "Don't even touch my shirt," eh?
: Have we, perhaps, seen here the birth of a new
: "bizarre problem" -- call it SISD, "Sensory
: Integration Shirt Dysfunction"?

: After this shirt incident, Dr. Snyderman notes
: that she saw "anger on the surface," regarding
: this child. To which Dr. Miller replies: "It looks like anger. It's really protect,
: alarm, it's danger. His nervous system is saying, 'This hurts. This hurts me.'"

: OK. Then Dr. Snyderman says, "Almost
: everyone has some sensitivity to sensation."
: Brilliant! Absolutely unassailable! In fact, I'd go further -- though I am not a
: doctor. I'd say that everyone has some sensitivity to sensation -- unless, of
: course, they are dead.

: Dr. Snyderman continues pointing out that
: some folks may hate crowds, or the smell of
: perfume may nauseate them. I would add: Or
: some may even be nauseated by programs like
: this. At the end of this sound-bite, Doc S.
: admits, "Little is understood about sensory
: dysfunction, but Miller and her research team
: are beginning to unravel this mystery."
: Now, the "amazing therapy": We're told that
: SID-afflicted kids like the one we've seen "are
: wired up to measure their reactions to a variety
: of sensations." Why such kids are not overly
: sensitive to this wiring up, and, evidently, don't scream and yell when the
: wires are attached, we are not told.

: In any event, Doc S. tells us that Doc Miller has
: found that children with SID "not only respond
: more strongly to stimuli like touch and sound,
: they feel bombarded by the sensation." Well,
: duh! This is what's known as a tautology, which
: means saying the same thing twice but in
: different words.

: Doc S. tells us that this child's brain doesn't have "a mechanism ... that
: automatically screens out things you don't need to know about," like a
: normal person. Thus, the child's brain "doesn't
: screen out sensation that way." The child's mom
: says this piece of information was just what they
: were looking for "to kind of connect all the dots
: together." She says this info also opened her
: eyes to the fact that her son lives in "a different kind of world" than the one
: lived in by herself and her husband.

: As if all of this wasn't sufficient, see another SID victim, a young girl screaming
: "No, no! Don't! Don't! No. Not soap, not soap!" when her Mom tries to wash
: her hair. Doc S. says this child's head "is extremely sensitive to touch, and she
: finds the sound of running water painful. She's also petrified by the size and
: feel of a bathtub."

: Yikes! Could this be yet one more "strange
: disorder" being discovered before our very eyes
: -- call it, perhaps, "Runningwaterbathtubphobia"?

: Doc Snyder, in a rare moment of lucidity, says
: there are undoubtedly people watching who are
: saying, "Get a life. Why don't you just grab that
: kid and put her in the bathtub?" Nice try. But,
: the mom says this "wouldn't work," that her
: daughter would "just completely lose it." Oh,
: and this daughter also "screams when her
: brother plays the fiddle" -- though I'm not sure
: this is a problem until I know how good or bad
: the brother plays this fiddle, something we are
: not told.

: And, sorry, I almost forgot, it is said to be "an
: ordeal" when this daughter has her toenails
: clipped. And school is said to be "difficult" for
: her, and she "plays alone" on the playground
: because there's noise and all the kids running
: around can be "overwhelming." Her mom says her daughter has said: "Mom,
: my brain just doesn't work like other children's brains do." Doc Miller says that
: if we can find such kids early enough then "we can prevent them from losing
: self-esteem." Doc S. adds: "There is treatment."

: We see more "treatment." It's in a place that looks like an indoor playground
: where "specially trained occupational therapists" challenge kids "to confront the
: sensations they fear." Because the just-mentioned daughter is sensitive to
: sound, "she's encouraged to blow a
: toy whistle as loud as she can while she swings,
: an activity that calms her." Huh? But, why? Why
: wouldn't a sound-sensitive kid "lose it" when
: she blows a whistle "as loud as she can"? This
: makes no -- well -- sense.

: And to cope with this young girl's sensitivity to
: touch, "the therapist strokes her arms with
: brushes and gently coaxes her to get into a tub
: filled with plastic balls." Plastic balls? Yep,
: plastic balls.

: Doc Miller explains: "Her brain inside is saying,
: 'Don't move, don't move. This is a threat, this is dangerous, back off.' But at
: the same time, she sees all these beautiful balls, and they look like so much
: fun she wants to jump in, so the
: motivation to play is greater than the fear that
: she feels from tactile stimulation."

: All clear now? Of course not. Indeed, Doc S.
: says that while all of this "is not a cure, some
: experts speculate that therapy may change the
: way the brain experiences sensations, like
: sound and touch, so that in time the child
: begins to respond in a more normal way."

: This report (finally!) concludes with Doc S.
: telling us that the first SID victim mentioned has "completely" gotten his
: "quality of life back" from "therapy." And a co-host of this program, John
: Stossel, tells us, "Of course, not every child with behavior problems has this
: disorder, so it's important to get a good diagnosis."

: OK. So, let me give you a good diagnosis. I
: have three children, who are no longer children,
: and six grandchildren -- three boys, three girls.
: And none of these kids, when kids, ever wanted
: to do what they didn't want to do!

: God tells us, in Proverbs 22:15, that "foolishness is bound in the heart of a
: child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him." Children are not
: naturally good, nor naturally obedient. They are -- dare I say it? -- sinners.

: When you are a child, not wanting to bathe,
: have your hair washed, toenails clipped or, on
: occasion, even be touched, are not "disorders"
: requiring "therapy." These things are all misbehavior, disobedience. They
: require, first,
: verbal admonishment, telling the child he or she
: must do what you as the parent says. If this
: admonishment is ignored, corporal punishment
: ("the rod of correction") must be applied. But,
: please, no shrinks, no plastic balls. As a parent, be sure that the brain that isn't
: working is not your own.

: John Lofton has covered national politics, cultural and
: religious issues for more than 30 years as a journalist,
: nationally-syndicated columnist, TV-radio
: commentator and political advisor. He currently edits
: and publishes "The Lofton Letter," a bimonthly
: publication about religion, politics and culture; e-mail
: for subscription inquires.

This Guy really P***** me off, he's so obviously an absolute idiot (A MORON-A Zombie-
-living dead!!!! -he obviously has no feelings!)
i wonder if he even has any family, let alone any relatives, -who'd want to be related to this
Stupid pratt? - was he born on the planet Mars-
I B***** Wonder!!!
What an absolute jerk he is! and an obvious DANGER to the public.....................
In short he's a commplete and utter IDIOT.
Need i say more?
Best wishes.


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