Jani Schofield has another supposedly schizophrenic little girl in the US as a friend, who has a number and also an item from our solar system as "friends"? So am I supposed to believe that childhood-onset schizophrenia typically involves the personification of concepts typically learned around the age of 5 that are items in set sequences, such as numbers, letters of the alphabet, months of the year, planets in the solar system etc. Would anyone like to explain why this supposed pediatric mental illness manifests in a way that is so astoundingly and strikingly and obviously similar to ordinal-linguistic personification synaesthesia? And would someone like to explain why, among the grab-bag of half-baked labels that poor little Briana has been burdened with, synaesthesia is absent? I guess synesthesia doesn't have a place in the world of child pathology labels because it isn't considered to be a pathology, and pathologizing young children seems to be the only game in town where Briana lives.
Briana's mother openly admits that she gave the child "some medicine" to sedate Briana after a tantrum. "Some medicine" for a young child in lieu of attempting to establish communication with the child or parental discipline? That is how you do parenting in the United States? And later in the video Briana's mother lists symptoms experienced by Briana which could very well be negative side effects of psychoactive drugs, feelings of insects under the skin, insomnia and hallucinations of rats, as though they are manifestations of mental illness and not the result of inappropriate use of drugs? To be completely frank, I am sickened when I see how so many people regard psychoactive psychiatric drugs as a normal and benign part of life. It is such dangerous and harmful stupidity.
This video is edited so the full story of what is happening can't be seen with any certainty, but I've got to wonder at the coincidence of a young child who has apparently been labelled with "sensory integration disorder" chucking the shits (as we say in Australia) when the mother is trying to organize a trip to the beach. In common-sense terms, kids who are labelled with sensory integration disorder often have hypersensitive senses, which is a trait that seems to often go along with autism and intellectual giftedness. People with hypersensitive senses, adults and children alike, often regard the beach as a sensory torture chamber, and often protest strenuously when family members suggest the beach as a recreational destination. There is no surer way to tip a happy, sensible child with acute senses into the abyss of hysteria and madness than to make them walk in sandals that have sand in them, a typical scenario that happens in the vicinity of coastal areas. I learned this the hard way, but at least the penny eventually dropped, and I now understand that if a family member with acute senses says they don't want to go to the beach, they really don't want to go to the beach. Briana threw a tantrum before a planned trip to the beach. Who could have seen that coming?
Three things appeared to me to be noticeably absent in this video of family life: healthy colour in Briana's skin (I wonder what her vitamin D status might be), rapport between Briana and the other family members, and substantial misbehavior on the part of Briana. She looked just like a terribly lonely and sad little girl, but I guess it must be some solace that at least she has a number, a yellow dwarf star and Jani Schofield as friends. Were I in the same situation, they might well be my choice as well.