Saturday, April 9, 2011

H. Horrible feelings & Hearing

Have you ever had that horrible feeling that you’ve been hypnotized into hiding from hearing about the ill-health of our home, planet Earth? Many humble people talk about healing her with kind humour, but hard headed businessmen hush them haughtily and harass them, saying the ideas are either too hard, or harrumph with a: “Ho Hum, what would you know?”
Humble Holiness - The Dalai Lama
Some creatures including Polar Bears are past their heyday and disappearing without much hoopla. I wonder if there’s a hidden agenda too hideous to contemplate. If so, I’ll find it hard to avoid a hurried swig from my hip flask.

Now one for the children with learning difficulties.

Sometimes kids can’t hear properly and get hell at school because they mistake Health for History. The teacher hollers: “How come you’re so hopeless?”

The child hides; hollering hurts their ears, it doesn’t help. Have them checked for *APD, which could make a helluva lot of difference in how they handle tasks. They might not even hate having to go to school. Hip, hip hooray!

Don’t be hijacked by those who say: “It’s ok, he’ll grow out of it, he just needs to choose to listen better”. The little tyke needs help, hugs and high fives, not harassing and hounding.

* Audtiory Processing Disorder.


A Drabble is a story told in 100 words. No more, no less.

Here tomorrow: Inspiring

How to make a hyperlink signature here

Over at traverselife, I'm spending the month looking at different aspects of bullying.


Snakesmom said...

What a great post to bring awareness and empathy to some very hard topics. Nice job! :)

Tracy said...

I can't thank you enough for this post...I teach kids with learning disabilities and goodness, they are so misunderstood! It breaks my heart to know how they struggle.
I have a little girl who is as smart as a whip but oh my gosh, the world moves to fast for her!
she is going into 6th grade next year and I so worry about her...
thank you again!
Happy A to Z~

Jan Morrison said...

both wonderful drabbles! Can't wait for more...
Jan Morrison

Manzanita said...

Sue, I wasn't aware that you had 2 blogs. I've been hearing the word drabble from others on this challenge. New to me as I'm not a writer.... I'm a writer groupie.

I found an example of a hondo (also spelled jondo) on Youtube. I know there's a way to get a direct link but I'm pleading my age (you know, like in the old gothic romances, the pregnant gals pleaded "their belly.")Most youtube stuff is so commercial this sounds puro.


Manzanita said...

You give such great information. I'd like to learn how to do a hyperlink signature but I'll have to take it slow .... again I plead my age. learning computer has/is a struggle for me. I'll give it a try when I have more time. Thanks you techie teacher.

Hart Johnson said...

This was great! I wish so badly that he-with-the-largest-wallet didn't get to make the really big decisions. Greed really is destroying our home...

Good reminder on the hearing stuff, too. I have an aunt who's a speech pathologist and so many speech problems stem from hearing trouble (or mouth malformations)

Deirdra Eden-Coppel said...

another great blog!

I love your site and as I browsed your blog I decided to award you the Creative Blog Award.
Go to and pick up your award.

Matthew Vanacore said...

I agree with the first commenter. This is a great post for it shines the light on two very important causes. I commend you for your proactivity! And I love your routine usage of the letter "h" throughout the piece.

DiscConnected said...

The heck with it. It's hopeless, we're helpless and hapless, and it's probably all a hoax or a hallucination.


Siv Maria said...

As usual a wonderful topic and interesting read.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Good post...As a former teacher I know you have to dig deep to figure out what each child needs and why they are having trouble at school. Sometimes misdiagnosis can really be detrimental to kiddos. It takes someone slowing down and really listening and looking to find out how to help.

sue said...

Snakesmom, thanks, it's a labour of love!
Tracy, the misunderstandings are way too common, this is my little attempt to help raise awareness
Jan, thanks
Manzanita, 2 blogs was an attempt to keep my professional one and fun one separated, I'm not sure that it's working! Did you get the further information about the clicky link?
Hart, It's such a challenge to avoid the power of advertising, they're very clever sods.
My son's hearing difficulty wasn't discovered till secondary school. The first audiology test didn't show anything, then we had him tested for APD, it was/is heartbreaking.
Matt, thankyou I'm trying to be a bit lighthearted otherwise I get a bit heavyhanded
DiscConnected, !!
Siv, thankyou for your support
Sharon, and with teachers so overworked with all the extra rigmarole, its even harder for them to spend time contemplating why little Johnny might be having trouble. It's very discouraging