Helping the Deficient Out

Deficiency is the lack of something or the insufficient presence of it in an individual or thing. Deficient people need nothing more than help and attention of others capable of doing so. They could be close relatives: father, mother, brothers or sisters, uncles, aunts, neighbours etc., or acquaintances at work, school, church, mosque and so on. These set of people make up an aid team, to respond to the needs of the deficient.

Deficiency varies in individuals. It could be health-relative; cognitive-based, behavioral or attitudinal, material or spiritual. Whichever is the case, there is need for an understanding of the specific condition of the deficient, so as to know how to relate with them productively.

Health-deficient individuals are constrained by their health status in performing certain things. People with medical or natural conditions like sickle cell anemia cannot engage in strenuous tasks like running or other physical exercises; the colour blind cannot differentiate between shades or tone of colours; the shortsighted finds it difficult to see far objects, the major challenge of the long-sighted is inability to sight close objects; albinism, a natural condition limiting the sufferer to poor vision and skin problems, etc; the cretin has a deformed body posture, owing to underdevelopment of body part(s); and dwarfism limits the sufferer to abnormal shortness in height and body size, etc.

To relate with each of the human conditions above, their medical or natural status play a major role. Sickle cell patient must be exempted from rigorous tasks, so as to assure for safety of life, while the colour blind may be included but needs assistance in choice of colour clothing to wear, as well as in such task, as painting, etc.

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In studying or learning, cognitively deficient individuals must be tolerated to assimilate at own pace. But as one do that, efforts should be channeled at improving the mental strength with occasional tough task or puzzle. Reinforcement in form of repetitions, rephrasing etc. can indeed help grow retention. Giving room for questioning and proffering answers, will further ensure the perception of the lesson being taught.

Behavourial or attitudinal deficiency demands tolerance too. Teens, adolescents and the aged are special kinds to relate with, owing to the peculiarities of those stages in life, a challenging one to relate with. And reason being that for teens and adolescents, they are experimenting with life’s choices and tends to revolt when being checked. But for the aged, they exhibit more deficiencies like hearing and vision loss, which make them liable to disturb more than ever.

A change in environment can serve a workable remedy for the teens or adolescents to instill certain level of improvement. Spending more time for productive communication and engagements would not allow for a relapse in gains noticed. And reasons must be given to the deficient in this case, as to why those remedial processes need be ensured.

Getting these tasks right, can turn a new leave for the deficient to better manage their lives as expected of them.

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