Sam Dawson : An Individual With Intellectual And Developmental Disabilities

1071 Words Apr 28th, 2016 5 Pages
Sam Dawson is an individual with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Sam has a child with this woman that only slept with Sam for a place to stay. Sam’s child mother left him and his daughter in front of the hospital and never returned. Sam named his Lucy Diamond Dawson after his favorite group The Beatles. Sam is a loving father and takes care of Lucy to the best of his ability. Sam neighbor named Annie helped Sam take care of Lucy from infancy to seven years old and also helps Sam with life in general. Sam doesn’t let his disability stop him in everyday life. Sam’s life is becoming far to advance for him to handle. Lucy is turning seven soon and Sam’s mental capacity is the age of a seven year old. Lucy starts to not want to learn because she did not want Sam to feel different. He started to struggle helping her with homework and it became noticeable to the school. Lucy was taken away from her father on her seventh birthday by a social worker named Margaret Calgrove. Sam fit into three disorders which are mental retardation also known as intellectual disorder, Autism Spectrum disorder and OCD. According to the DSM-IV, disorders are usually first diagnosed in infancy, childhood, or adolescence, and coded under Axis II. Deficits or impairments in present adaptive functioning in at least two of the following areas: communication, self-care, home living, social/interpersonal skills, use of community resources, self-direction, functional academic skills,…

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