Our expert says:
Hi Purple. I recall having had similar experiences in school. A truth is that most teachers are not especially intelligent people, and tend to be conformists, and any child that IS particularly intelligent, and / or creative and non-conformist, let alone both, tend to make them highly uneasy. They seek to control children in ways that are not in the least useful.
Its like the way teachers make a fuss about hairstyles, because, realizing they can't control what goes on inside the head, as they would like to do, they try, vainly, to control what goes on, on its surface.
Anyhow, I always used to respect what OT's used to be, and what they used to do, and properly trained ones who recognize their own limitations ( which should be an important part of everyone's training ) and who work with children when referred by doctors, especially paediatricians, can be realyl valuable.
Referrals by teachers should never be accepted, and I do indeed find some patterns of excessive or daft referrals suspicious and undesitable.
A teacher is able, IF they pay close attention to their students, to raise useful QUESTIONS about where a child may have problems. Neither a teacher nor an OT is trained nor qualified to make diagnoses.
The "low muscle tone" example is so laughable. Its the low mental tone of the teacher that is worrying there.
the good examples o useful IT which Maria is quoting arise when a proper genuine medical / neurological diagnoses has been made, when a specific problem has been expertly identified, and when then, and only then, they are referred to an OT to devise activities which will enable them to practice and improve a specific set of skills, motor or otherwise.
NO referrals from teachers to OT or any other profesional should be accepted. If a possibly significant problem is identified, the child should be assessed, depending on the nature of the problem, by a proper child shrink or paediatrician, and possible therapies, if needed, discussed and selected.
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