Growing up was different for Helen Keller. She could not communicate with others and no one could get through to her. Because of this she was called a "wild child". When Helen was seven, Anne Sullivan arrived from the Perkins School for the Blind, and changed Helen 's and her family 's lives. Anne also had poor vision and was sent to the Perkins School to learn how to teach blind children.
The Secret of the Wild Child is a documentary about a little girl named Genie, who is locked up in solitary confinement in a bedroom and isolated from the outside world for almost a decade ever since she is thirteen-year-old. Long-term solitary life and lack of human childhood have caused her to exhibit inhuman behaviours as well as depriving her rights to have a normal social life. Fortunately, she is able to receive help from doctors in various fields who gathered together to develop a perceived good solution to her illness; however, the form of the therapies provided are controversial as they are more like an experiment than an actual cure. The film does this by illustrating the complex relationship between doctors and patients; specifically, the shift between the roles of a doctor and a researcher during the course of interaction with the patient, eventually alter the purpose and quality of the therapy. These circumstances have further put strains on Genie’s physical and mental well-being which ultimately force her back into confinement.
At the beginning of her book, The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls, her parents were incapable of providing a safe environment for their young, innocent children. As the story continued, the father and the mother did not show improvement, which made them unqualified parents due to the lack of providing for the basic survival needs or their children. According to Abraham Maslow 's theory of "the Hierarchy of Needs” there are five different types of needs that should be provided to all human beings, which are “the physiological needs, the needs for safety and security, the needs for love and belonging, the needs for esteem, and the need to actualize the self” (Boeree 2). Those are the needs that have to be satisfied for someone to have a healthy, successful, and a happy life. At the end of the story, the children received all their needs on their own, without the help of the parents.
Even after Akeelah begins to embrace her natural academic talents, there are those in the gifted community who do not embrace her. She comes from a poor school and has not had the training that some of the other children have had. We see this first hand during the first spelling bee when the “school bullies” are allowed to mock her after she won and was hit with a barrage of difficult words only missing one. This action only heightens her doubt, wounded her emotionally, and added to her lack of
The children were discovered after one of the siblings escaped and contacted police. Safety is not the only thing that has people questioning this method of education. Since not all states monitor homeschoolers curriculum, there is concern that they are not educated as well as public schoolers and do not acquire all the skills they need to. In addition to education, there is also the uncertainty that homeschoolers social skills are not developed, and they do not know how to interact with their peers. In reaction to the Turpins, Sarah Jones, a writer for the New Republic, recently published an article asserting it is the “lax homeschooling laws,” which she claims “protect child abusers” fault for the abuse of the Turpin children and any other abuse done in homeschool families.
Most importantly genie was still wearing diapers and couldn’t talk. She could only understand a few works but did not utter them herself and had little comprehension of grammatical structure. Comprehension tests were regularly administered and designed by Susan Curtis who was directly involved in research of Genie’s linguistic development, and Susan was also a voice for Genie and was best for her sake. “From this brief summary of Genie’s linguistic development we can conclude the following: (1) When she first emerged from isolation, Genie, a child of 13 years, 9 months had not acquired language; (2) Since there is no evidence of any biological deficiencies, one may assume this was due to the social and linguistic isolation which occurred during 1 I years of her life; (3) Since her emergence she has been acquiring her first language primarily by “exposure” alone. This is revealed both by her own speech and by her comprehension of spoken language.
Maternal deprivation is a concept that was considered by Bowlby, to lead to adverse effects on the child who experienced it. Maternal deprivation is the interruption/separation between a child and its mother, or a lack of maternal care in early childhood, which may then go on to cause psychological problems in adult life. Bowlby investigated the results of several studies where children had been separated from their mothers and noticed stages that they went through â€“ initially crying and clinging to adults, then their activity diminishes and they cry less often, they then withdraw from social interaction becoming absorbed in their toys and finally if they are picked up, they struggle or cringe away from the adult. Bowlbyâ€™s work which he
No matter how many times she was grounded, it became too late for her mother to change the way her daughter was acting. With Danielle only being 14 years old, there was not many things her mother could do. Danielle seemed to oppose any help she was being offered, this included psychological help and talking to therapists about her feelings. Danielle declined help time and again and was not willing to better her own situation. She knew that she was known from her bad reputation.
The unfortunate story of the feral child, Genie Willey, is one of those striking events that gave scientist the opportunity to confirm some of the theories which were under the spotlight for many years. Found in the 1970s in Los Angeles, California, at the age of thirteen years old, Genie (name chosen to protect the child’s real identity), was discovered in a state of complete isolation from the outside world. Consequently, this state of isolation resulted in the child’s inability to verbally communicate, hence affecting her cognitive
During this stage, from ages 4-7, the child finds ways to deal with separation anxiety, and it is also the time that the ego fully matures into the superego: “an internalization of the parental function that eventually manifested itself in your conscience” (Cherry). Emily would have spent this crucial stage of development at the convalescent home with neither her mother nor father there to guide her through it. Although—in present day—Freud’s theories have mostly been discredited, they could have easily exacerbated the mother’s guilt while she was ironing and trying to pinpoint exactly when her daughter’ face became “closed and somber”