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MENTALLY RETARDED CHILDREN

Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
Hi,
I am working as volunteer with mentally retarded Children in KOSOVO. Any help and advice is welcome and needed. Thank you
QEP - KOSOVO

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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    wow that would be really kool. that sounds weird but getting to work with people like those children will give you so much satisfaction! wow! good luck; it'll definetly be a job you'll never forget!!
    i have no real advice, just maybe be cool and calm. that job would be cool!! <IMG SRC="biggrin.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Dont call them mentally retarded?
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    It is satisfaction. Being an Educator in a house like that makes lots of difference. Especially when you see the difference from day to day. They are absorbing every given education. If you are aware that in the past they received no education, it makes their world look different. I mentioned that they are mentally retarded because they are, and in that way I might get any some kind of help and advice from you that are living outside Kosova, as I can not find locally any kind of appropriate literature. Everything I am doing, I am doing what I think is right. And so far it went all right.
    Thank you
    Qep_pristina
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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by Kermit:
    <STRONG>Dont call them mentally retarded
    </STRONG>
    Originally posted by QEP_PRISTINA:
    <STRONG>I mentioned that they are mentally retarded because they are</STRONG>
    No, they have learning difficulties in this country. People find the word 'retarded' offensive.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Respected Kentish,
    First of all, I would like to thank you for teaching me a new expression in English Language. You know that English is not my native language, and I must add that expression in to my English vocabulary.
    It is not even true that they have learning difficulties. They are simply absorbing every given education. The only problem is that they used to live in the institute and surrounded with adults, without any care or education. Since last year, when children’s house was constructed, they live in the home. No one is allowed to call them even patients. The NGO where I work as advisor named QEP – abbreviation for Centre for Education and Promotion has only one intention – to mix these kids with the kids from outside. My daughter accompanied me several times and now they play together very often.
    Thank you again for highlighting learning difficulties for me, and I will consider it as first step in helping me in my educational process.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    They are people with learning difficulties disabilities not retarded retarded is a mean word.How would you feel if somebody said to you if you was them look over there that's one of those retarded people.How would you feel?They have feelings the same as we do.They have needs and wants.They are people too.They have a right to live just the same as everybody else.When they was born they had a problem occur to make them the way they are.God created them for a reason just the same as he created other people for a reason.Special Needs is another name.But retarded that word should never have been created!!
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Don't have a go at her, it's just an expression. The same as my Grandparents calling a black person "coloured" isn't racist and me calling someone "half caste" isn't racist. It is the intention with which something is said that matters, not the precise words.

    Having said that, the accepted term now is "learning difficulties" and it is better to say that a person *has* something (eg a person with a disability) that *is* something (a disabled person).

    Take care QEP (is that your name?) and keep up the good work <IMG SRC="smile.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">

    What is important is that you are out there doing something good and getting a lot out of it, not criticising someones wording! <IMG SRC="smile.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">

    Some suggestions-I do not have a lot of experience but I have worked with autistic children. Do you know what is specifically different about these children (eg Downs Syndrome, Autism...) If you have the internet you can find lots of information.

    The best thing is that these children have stimulation with other people, not just left alone and locked up as may have happened in the past.

    [ 05-05-2002: Message edited by: PussyKatty ]
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I was just saying retarded is a bad word they have disabilities.How would anybody feel if they was them and somebody said look over there at those retarded people?The word is mean and should never have been created.It's about like the word hate that word should never have been created either dislike is alot better than the word hate.So don't be jumping on me either when i'm just trying to give my opinion on the word.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Guys,
    I my native language the word “retardation” does NOT exist. I found it in the dictionary and I used it to pass to you the work I am doing. Now I know that I should not use it at the first place and I have learned the lesson. So do not worry about the word itself because in my work I can not use it because it doesn’t exist.
    Anyway, I am grateful for stressing out that I am not supposed to use it in English language, as it is very rude. The only thing that I could promise at this stage is that I will not use it anymore. And I consider that it was worth entering into this discussion.
    Part of this discussion, can you provide me with any literature that can be used in my job that I am doing. Any web page, or doc emailed in to my e-address is welcome
    QEP
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    By looking up learning disabilities,handicaps,learning difficulties,life challenges,etc. You should be able to find alot of information.Also look up special needs.
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