A fairly standard component of my pediatric occupational therapy
evaluations is to ask the child to draw a picture of themselves. This
assessment technique provides an opportunity to evaluate the child's
skill with writing and also is a functional assessment of their
cognitive and perceptual ability.
Sometimes kids draw things that
just beg to be probed and questioned - as was the case recently. I watched
intently as 6 year old Patrick drew a representation of himself,
but then he began adding odd details to his picture. First he colored
dark spots on his figure's hands and feet, and then added a row of X's
across the forehead.
I leaned forward and quizzically asked, "Patrick, what are these marks here?"
looked at me for a moment and then responded: "Jesus died for you, you
know. He got nailed to a cross, in his hands and his feet. My Dad said
that he had to wear prickers on his head and it made him bleed."
According to the 'ACOTE Entry-Level Task Force Report to ACOTE in December, 2014 (p. 381-393), some stakeholders appear to be 'more equal' than others.
The notion of being 'more equal' is a reference to Animal Farm and the pigs who ran the farm. They famously stated that "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." In simple terms, the ruling elites of Animal Farm made claims that everyone is equal, but then we discovered that they provided benefits and power and privileges only to their elite comrades.
What privileges are handed out by AOTA/ACOTE? The answer can be found starting on page 381.
AOTA/ACOTE overtly places stakeholders onto different 'lists.' These are not categories or labels of my design - these are the actual lists of AOTA/ACOTE:
The 'A' List:
Educational Program Directors
Academic Fieldwork Coordinators
OT/OTA Clinicians a…
In a recent article appearing on the CNN website, author Wayne Drash reviews the concept of 'wrongful birth' in context of Lesli, a person who has developmental disabilities. Drash's profile states that he "specializes in stories off the radar" and that "his passion is to tell narratives about life and the unfolding drama of the world we live in."
It would be more accurate to state that Drash cherry picked one person's perspective and advanced a fiction that serves one ideological perspective.
His initial description of Lesli in his opening sentence tells us everything he believes about her person-hood. He immediately goes to the 'fetal position' trope that promotes his message of Lesli's helplessness and haplessness.
For just a moment the reader is led to believe that there may be another side of the story to be told as he describes Lesli's joy at having her mother hold her hand - but the author quickly reverts to reporting the p…