Abstract of A. Golomb lecture


A. Golomb
Tel Aviv University, Israel

Adults (parents and therapists alike) react to a child’s disability with an
urge to “fix” him, to create an “able” child. When there are multiple
defects each therapist invests in correcting the defect in his/her field of
expertise. But what about the child? Massive investment with the best
of intentions can make us forget that the child has normal
developmental and emotional needs and parents who have the right
to enjoy their child for who he is, irrelevant of his disabilities. This
discussion aims at emphasizing the child’s need to develop a sense of
identity that is not founded on his disability, and the ways to achieve

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