Parallels In Time V. The Reawakening 1950 - 1980 A. 1947 - 1980 The Parent's Movement
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CONCERN OVER PROFESSIONAL NEGLECT1950's Doctor

In addition to obtaining services for their children, parents were concerned with professional neglect, rejection, and mishandling. According to the professional literature of the 1940s and 1950s, parents of children with disabilities "often felt inadequate; blamed themselves for their child's condition; are defensive, confused, and angry; and tend to be either overly protective and overly indulgent, or overly strict with their child." Phil Roos, a parent and professional, recorded his early experiences with professionals.

"I had suddenly been demoted from the role of a professional to that of the parent as patient; the assumption by some professionals that parents of a retarded child are emotionally maladjusted and are prime candidates for counseling, psychotherapy, or tranquilizers. My attempts to point out the many indications of developmental delays and neurological disturbances were categorically dismissed as manifestations of my emotional problems. I was witnessing another captivating professional reaction: the 'deaf ear syndrome'; the attitude on the part of some professionals that parents are complete ignoramuses so that any conclusion they reach regarding their own child is categorically ignored. Later I found that suggestions I would make regarding my own child would be totally dismissed by some professionals, while the same suggestions made by a professional about other children would be cherished by my colleagues as professional pearls of wisdom."

Audio: Phil Roos, Parent and Professional