Eric Oppen ravenclaweric at gmail.com
Mon Oct 21 00:58:25 BST 2019

One of the reasons for my general irritation with and dislike of the
medical profession is the habit of many within it of patronizing or
ignoring their patients.  I go to the doc, complain that I'm having trouble
falling asleep.  His response:  "Yeah, yeah, whatever.  Now, about your
weight..."  Look, Doc, I KNOW I have a weight problem!  This is NOT NEWS!
I have other problems and would KIND OF like to talk about THEM!

On Sun, Oct 20, 2019 at 5:50 PM Gwynne Powell <gwynnepowell at hotmail.com>

> From: Howard Brazee <howard at brazee.net>
> I have mixed feelings about diagnosing learning difficulties.   Getting a
> name for a problem can enable teachers to come up with better teaching
> strategies.
> But? When a label for someone?s learning difficulty isn?t found, teachers
> *still* need to come up with better teaching strategies.
> Labels simplify things.   But simplification isn?t the goal.
> Gwynne: I've seen so many parents who were immensely relieved when their
> child was diagnosed. Partly because it meant that better strategies could
> be
> targetted at the problem, but partly because they'd spent so long being
> told
> that they were 'neurotic parents', making a fuss, patronised by doctors,
> and
> generally ignored or blamed for their concerns and their child's behaviour.
> The diagnosis proved that they weren't idiots or failures, and that they
> had good
> reason for their concerns.
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