Your Questions About An Impaired Use Of Language

December 31, 2012
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Betty asks…

Help need done by May 21 or get an F?

2. Read the poem below. Consider the figurative language and imagery in this poem. What do they suggest about the poem’s theme? What idea is Lord Byron, the author, communicating, and what poetic techniques does he use to convey his message?
My teacher want it to me two paragraphs long.
thank you sooooo much

She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellowed to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.
One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o’er her face
Where thoughts serenely sweet express
How pure, how dear their dwelling place.
And on that cheek, and o’er that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!

admin answers:

The first couple of lines can be confusing if not read properly. This is an enjambed line, meaning that it continues without pause onto the second line. That she walks in beauty like the night may not make sense as night represents darkness. However, as the line continues, the night is a cloudless one with bright stars to create a beautiful mellow glow. The first two lines bring together the opposing qualities of darkness and light that are at play throughout the three verses.The remaining lines of the first verse employ another set of enjambed lines that tell us that her face and eyes combine all that’s best of dark and bright. No mention is made here or elsewhere in the poem of any other physical features of the lady. The focus of the vision is upon the details of the lady’s face and eyes which reflect the mellowed and tender light. She has a remarkable quality of being able to contain the opposites of dark and bright.The third and fourth lines are not only enjambed, but the fourth line begins with an irregularity in the meter called a metrical substitution. The fourth line starts with an accented syllable followed by an unaccented one, rather than the iambic meter of the other lines, an unaccented syllable followed by an accented one. The result is that the word “Meet” receives attention, an emphasis. The lady’s unique feature is that opposites “meet” in her in a wonderful way.The second verse tells us that the glow of the lady’s face is nearly perfect. The shades and rays are in just the right proportion, and because they are, the lady possesses a nameless grace. This conveys the romantic idea that her inner beauty is mirrored by her outer beauty. Her thoughts are serene and sweet. She is pure and dear.The last verse is split between three lines of physical description and three lines that describe the lady’s moral character. Here soft, calm glow reflects a life of peace and goodness. This is a repetition, an emphasis, of the theme that the lady’s physical beauty is a reflection of her inner beauty.Lord Byron greatly admired his cousin’s serene qualities on that particular night and he has left us with an inspired poem.The poem was written shortly before Lord Byron’s marriage to Anna Milbanke and published shortly after the marriage

Ruth asks…

pervasive developmental disorder how do you deal with it? Is there away to make his behavior better?

My nephew has pervasive developmental disorder and autism. he is almost 3 years old.

He hits his head on anything he can to the point that he bleeds and has had concussions.

He is very mean to his brother who is 14 months old to the point where he cant be alone with him.

His therapist suggested brushing him from head to toe with a soft bristle brush every 2 hours which we do but it does not seem to help all that much.

We have told her this but all she ever says is “it should work”. we have asked his dr for help but get no where.

This is what PPD is problems with using and understanding language; difficulty relating to people, objects, and events; unusual play with toys and other objects; difficulty with changes in routine or familiar surroundings, and repetitive body movements or behavior patterns. Autism (a developmental brain disorder characterized by impaired social interaction and communication skills, and a limited range of activities and interests) is the most characteristic and best studied PDD.
I looked at that site already thanks.

admin answers:

One thing that can be calming for children on the autism spectrum is deep pressure. When he gets to that point try wrapping him tightly in a blanket and giving him a tight hug. That may be enough to help him regulate himself.

Try reading 2 of my favorite books : “the out of sync child” ( about sensory dysfunction) and “a parents guide to high functioning autism and aspberger’s syndrome: how to help your child thrive” these were 2 books that I found to be very helpful when my oldest son was diagnosed at 11 years old. I was basically given a diagnosis and some prescriptions and that was it. I had to educate myself. You might want to call the local children’s hospital and find out if they have an autism clinic with better doctors and therapists.

William asks…

Pervasive developmental disorder how do you deal with it? Is there away to make his behavior better?

My nephew has pervasive developmental disorder and autism. he is almost 3 years old.

He hits his head on anything he can to the point that he bleeds and has had concussions.

He is very mean to his brother who is 14 months old to the point where he cant be alone with him.

His therapist suggested brushing him from head to toe with a soft bristle brush every 2 hours which we do but it does not seem to help all that much.

We have told her this but all she ever says is “it should work”. we have asked his dr for help but get no where.

This is what PPD is problems with using and understanding language; difficulty relating to people, objects, and events; unusual play with toys and other objects; difficulty with changes in routine or familiar surroundings, and repetitive body movements or behavior patterns. Autism (a developmental brain disorder characterized by impaired social interaction and communication skills, and a limited range of activities and interests) is the most characteristic and best studied PDD.

I asked in toddler and preschool and only got 1 answer.

admin answers:

I too have a son with pdd-nos. He is now 7 and he was diagnosed at age 4. He did the same things as your nephew. It almost drove me crazy. Continue with the brushing technique it will benefit you in the long run. I recently figured out that dairy products cause a severe behavior problem in my son. We have not taken all dairy away but we do limit it. If you decide to try this remember that dairy is in a lot of foods so just try and limit him instead of taking it away completely. I don’t want to have my son not have any chocolate or any thing like that so we limit his intake. If he gets any extra like going to the cabinet and getting mm’s we know because he gets mean and is almost uncontrollable. I hope this helps you because I have been where you are now. Good luck and hang in there it will get better.

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