Para-dig-um (Paradigm)

There was a little boy at the physical therapy clinic today who had a broken finger. His grandmother was telling us how it happened.

I’ll call the little boy Sam.

Sam is in the fist grade and has cerebral palsy. He needs a wheelchair or walker to get around. He’s sweet and adorable, and communicates pretty well. Like a lot of CP kids, he’s pretty small and his grandmother will often just hold him to go into places.

Two days ago she needed to go visit someone in the hospital. On the way out she stopped by some vending machines to get a drink. She placed Sam in the best chair for him–a high-backed chair with arms that was marked, “volunteer.” She figured it wasn’t a big deal since she was just buying a coke.

Well, the “volunteer” came over, chatted with Sam and then asked to have her chair back. Grandmother calls out, “I’ll be over in a second to get him.” I guess the volunteer didn’t understand the situation because she reached out, grabbed Sam’s hand and gave a good yank to “help” him out of the chair. Sam went crashing to the floor head first and broke a finger in the process.

Perhaps the role of volunteers is to create more hospital patients? Kidding!

I guess I’m just completely surprised that this person didn’t realize that this child was disabled. When I saw him he had decent head control, but not great. He lowers his head from time to time. He has DAFO’s on his feet. I can’t believe she didn’t notice any of these things.

Either way, I bet she’s a lot less likely to make assumptions.

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  1. Elizabeth says:

    “…I bet she’s a lot less likely to make assumptions.”

    At the very least!

  2. Not to mention that it is totally inappropriate to yank a child out of a chair.


  3. I know, right? Kind of scares me when I think about Charlie being out in the world with these people.

  4. Duuuuuuuude.

    I bet she’s a lot less likely to demand her chair back from a kid whose grandmother will be right back and is standing right there.

    Okay, this mama bear has her official hackles up…

  5. Wow… that really surprises me that she would be so forceful with any child! That is crazy!

    I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

    Hugs – Tiffany

  6. Wow–did she need the chair that badly?? I mean really…perhaps volunteers should be scanned for laziness. It’s like when you ride a bus, children and elderly people get to sit first–if there’s no seat, stand…even if you were there first. What a dumb b*tch.

  7. Ok, that really makes me angry. No volunteer needs a chair that badly. That is assault on a child. I hope that the grandmother follows through and lets someone know what happened. No child deserves to be treated like that.

  8. Mannyed says:

    Whoa, I would never have the guts to do that to someone’s child. That blows my mind!

  9. shoeaddict says:

    Ummm, this really bothers me. No, she shouldn’t have yanked on the child but in my opinion, she should never TOUCH a child she didn’t know. To hurt a child like that, ugh!

    I hope that this grandmother lets the hospital know.

  10. Holy crap! That’s really all I can say.