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Thursday, December 05, 2013
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Dr Bratt, a voice of reason, comfort
Just to say how much I enjoy Dr Bratt’s articles. I look forward to Tuesdays, as his is a voice of calm and reason in this increasingly mad world we are living in. The article on September 10 was inspiring and must have brought comfort to parents whose children do not conform to the so-called “norm”.
One of my sons did not speak until he was three years old and was taken to a paediatrician here in Trinidad who diagnosed him as backward. No tests were given to my son, he was just asked “How old are you, when is your birthday?” As David did not speak he just looked at him. When asked how he came to this conclusion, the doctor replied in a patronising voice “experience”.
I was fortunate that I had worked as a Health Visitor with children under five years and had the privilege of working for Dr John Bowlby at Guys Hospital, London, and from him I knew the great Einstein did not speak until he was three years. David went to primary school, passed for Fatima College and today lives in Holland and works as a translator and interpreter in Dutch German and Russian. I look forward to next Tuesday.
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