Bill Hyatt - Developmental Stages

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Megan Holt
Bill Hyatt/Developmental Stages
9/10/12

Bill Hyatt was born with Cerebral Palsy. However, he was not properly diagnosed with this condition until he was three years old. At this age, Mr. Hyatt would have been in the second of Erikson’s developmental stages; Autonomy vs. Shame and Doubt (support4change.com). Since his parents were over protective due to his disability, it would be logical that Mr. Hyatt struggled to be independent and learn the basic activities of daily living. He states that his parents thought he would always be in a wheel chair and they would always take care of him.
During the Industry vs. Inferiority stage, Mr. Hyatt discovered that he was not like his typical male peers or his special needs peers. He realized that he would not be able to have a physically demanding job, as an adult. Most young boys dream of having an exciting career, involving wild fantasies of saving the world or walking on the moon. Mr. Hyatt realized this would not be a possibility for himself. His school automatically assumed that being physically impaired meant that he was unable to accomplish the same academic tasks as his typical peers and placed him in remedial classes. This made it difficult for him to find a place to fit in and be accepted. Mr. Hyatt states that he continues to feel that way as an adult.
Vgotsky postulated that children learn within the context of their culture (Wikipedia). The cultural framework of Mr. Hyatt’s world dictated that he had to do what all other disabled youth did upon leaving high school and that was go to work in the special workshop. Mr. Hyatt’s family and school teachers did not place high expectations on him and didn’t expect him to do anything other than sit in his wheelchair for the rest of his life. It wasn’t until he expressed the vision of his future to a disabled adult that worked with him…...

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