Individual Differences Profile Essay
Every child is unique and different. We will never encounter two children exactly the same. They have physical, emotional, and cultural differences. In a “normal” family these differences are things like blonde hair and blue eyes compared to brown hair and green eyes. There may be one child that is laid back and another that cries bloody murder at the very thought of a paper cut. In this profile of a disabled student the differences that I encountered were much more diverse than that. I will talk about the physical, emotional and cognitive, and socio-emotional development of the student. I will also talk about the things that I found out while in the classroom. General Information
John, as we will call him in this case, is a 16-year-old white male. John seems to be an average teenage boy at first glance but he has something that most teenage boys in high school don’t. He has Asperger’s syndrome. This is an autistic disorder and he was diagnosed with it at about age two or three. This means that along with the stresses of being a teenager he has other stresses, he has developmental delays, meaning that he in some way does not or did not hit a developmental goal the same as other children. He still matures but not at the same level as a child without his disability. During my interview time with him I noticed he was very fidgety. He feels very uncomfortable around new people and it took some time for him to get used to me. Once he felt comfortable we began to talk. John felt quite uncomfortable talking to me about his family; I did however find out that he is an only child. John lives with his mom and dad, yet his mom is the person that he relies on the most. That is usually the case with an autistic disorder, they form an attachment to a single person or sometimes a family unit yet they don’t display emotions that same way as an average child would. He doesn’t like to be touched, so he rarely hugs his family. He doesn’t like to make eye contact with anyone, so it is hard to determine if he is talking to you. His mother takes him everywhere he has to go; she is the person that he feels comfortable with. He told me that he has to go to the doctor a lot to have tests done. I had to ask his mother what that meant; he doesn’t like to talk about it. We will call his mom Mrs. Smith, she told me that he has to go and be assessed to see if his disorder is progressing, digressing, or if he is at a standstill. He has to continue until he is eighteen; his mother said that she isn’t going to continue the evaluations, that is that he and his family feel that further educational evaluations are not necessary after he has graduated from high school. Since the evaluations include taking tests, answering questions, and having others determine how “smart” he is they don’t feel that they are necessary once he has graduated. He attends a normal high school. He shows up at school at around 7:45 am every morning and he attends classes in the special education classroom. He also attends regular junior level classes. He takes a computer class, English, biology, math, and two classes in the special education classroom. The two classes in the special education room are like home economics classes. He gets to learn to cook, clean, and make things that will help him to be a fully functioning person in society. He likes to be much regimented; his mom picks him up from school. He then goes home works on homework. His dad gets home and they eat dinner together. He goes to bed at about ten o’clock. Physical Development
John is average looking child; he has blonde hair, pale blue eyes, and fair skin. He also has wide set eyes and a small nose, he wears glasses and keeps his hair in a crew cut. He, at first glance is quite normal. It is when he is asked to do things or to speak that it is known that he is different. John has the...