Message from the Executive Director

Perspectivei4j "Wild Independence & Social Independence"

@Letfs consider this theme, the relationship between independence and dependence.

@The independence of adults can be divided into two major categories: gWild Independence and Social Independence.h gWild Independenceh is when a person is independent, because they canft depend on others. gSocial Independenceh is when a person takes initiative and asks for help when in need.

@From where do these differences arise?

@ It definitely does not depend on their inherent qualities or disabilities. Views regarding humanity and independence that surrounding supporters, family or society have and the type of education, therapeutic care and discipline received will have a big influence on the child.

@The former (wild independence) is brought about by strict discipline and supervised training that teaches gDisabilities should be overcomeh, gIn comparison to a healthy child, more training is necessaryh, and gHang in there even itfs hardh under the dated (unilateral) philosophy regarding independence that gSociety is not so lenienth, gDependence discourages independenceh, and gSelf-indulgence is not allowedh. The individual certainly learns to take care of themselves, but they canft easily accept other peoplefs approaches and have to come up with solutions by themselves when faced with difficulties. As they face anxiety or unpleasantness alone, they become emotionally unstable and find it difficult to have hope or feel a sense of security, which are fundamental in life. Their interferes with the vitality of their communication and in some circumstances, a sense of inner isolation and a sense of distrust or anger towards people develops.

@On the other hand, in the case of the latter (social independence), this is built up with careful communication which respects the individualfs will under the following philosophy regarding humanity and independence: gPeople help each other in societyh, gIt is normal for each child to be differenth, gIt is very important to depend on other people when faced with difficulties in order to become independenth. They are motivated to proactively challenge difficulties, because they have gconfidence in othersh and gemotional supporth. This self-belief and confidence to make their own decisions, do things on their own, and feel happy with their achievements, is backed by a sense of security and hope.

@EEEChildren have only lived for a few years, so they have little experience and canft express their feelings well. We would like to support children to trust the adults they are closest to, ask for help when in need, learn many things through their communication with understanding adults and enrich their life while considering the long run, instead of demanding a quick independence.

@Please donft forget that attachment and dependence to adults they are close to form the foundation of their independence.

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