Mental Retardation

About mental retardation, in the words of Glenn Doman (from the book “What To Do About Your Brain-Injured Child”).

“… A good example is the term “mental retardation”, among other ones, so popular today. One must not only live in a house without television and radio, but must also be blind and deaf not to constantly hear these words constantly repeated. “Mental retardation can affect any home.” “Every two or three minutes a child is born suffering from mental retardation.” “Fight mental retardation.” “Support research to discover the causes of mental retardation.” “This child is a victim of mental retardation.”

The impression we get is that there is a disease called “mental retardation.” But there is no such disease. Mental retardation is a symptom of various diseases. One can have this symptom because the parents had an incompatible Rh blood factor. One can have the same symptom, mental retardation, from being hit by a car. Or from being born with the umbilical cord wrapped around the neck. One can show this symptom because due to encephalitis. There are hundreds of illnesses and accidents that can lead to different degrees (mild, moderate, severe) of symptoms of mental retardation.

Speaking of mental retardation as if it were a disease is not only wrong from a scientific point of view but, and this is what counts, significantly slows down the search for solutions to this problem.

Mental retardation, like a fever, is a symptom, but neither fever nor mental retardation are diseases. If the disease of which the fever is a symptom is treated in the right way, the fever will disappear spontaneously, like any other symptom of that disease. By the same token, if you successfully treat the brain injury of which mental retardation could be a symptom, then even the mental retardation will disappear spontaneously.
Mental retardation is not a disease but a symptom. Idiot, suffering from emotional disorders, flaccid, spastic, quadriplegic, paraplegic, hemiplegic, diplegic, and countless other labels attributed to brain-injured children are symptoms, not diseases.”

Glenn Doman


Cosa fare per il vostro bambino cerebroleso – Il Corso


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