The Adolescent Years
A Holistic Perspective
Universal Challenges of the Second Decade
Adolescents Talk About Their Experiences as Patients
Principles of Practice
'I'm Shelly McDonald. I'm very disabled. I can't talk or walk. I dribble a lot and some people really hate that. I think physio is very good for disabled people because they are not able to exercise their bodies themselves. When I sit all day I get stiff and it is so painful. I think physio could be improved if some therapists took more notice of what their people wanted, instead of making them so angry. I get angry when I'm treated by people like I'm stupid, not just disabled. Sometimes I think some therapists don't realise what it is like to be disabled. I can see some of them would prefer to ignore me just by their faces and some of the parents look at me as if I'm a freak.'
(Shelly, now nearly 14, p. 78)
'Looking at a baby photo of myself, I look extremely "normal". How I hate that word normal because in actual fact not one of us wonderful human beings are normal. We don't even know if God is normal so what right do these "normal" people have naming themselves with such superiority?
Figure 5.1 Shelley.