Secret of the Wild Child

Secret of the Wild Child

Secret of the Wild Child This story is about a thirteen-year old girl who was raised in isolation by her parents. “Genie”, as they called her, was locked in a room and strapped to a potty chair for most of her life. She was beaten if she made a noise. Her father was the dominant one who did all the punishment and he committed suicide when people learned about her. Genie was sent to a Children’s Hospital where many scientists, doctors, and therapists adored her. Everyone grew attached to her and they all said her laugh was contagious. One doctor was interviewed and was asked if he loved her and he replied by saying, “Well doctors aren’t suppose to love their patients, but if you could find a word that meant the same thing, yes.” No one had seen such an extreme case as this which made this case wonderful to research. They ran tests on her wondering if she was born mentally retarded or if she was functionally retarded because she had hardly lived and experienced the world around her. After doing tests on her, the doctors concluded that she couldn’t put words together in normal and grammatical ways because she was deprived of the critical time period for acquiring language. This story was a sad one to read and I can’t imagine why parents would want to do that to their kids. Genie was like a stranger coming into a world that she could’ve known if loving parents were taking care of her. Since her childhood was ruined she missed out on one of the most fun parts of her life. …


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