TSC: Everyone check out this video about Joel Morales. At one point in the video (0:54), the narrator says, “… An “occupational therapist” who worked with Joel at one of his schools because of his diminutive size said…”
So, ignore the fact that the news media used a fairly pejorative word in describing this child’s height, and only focus on the substance. What do they mean here? Joel had an Occupational Therapist assigned to him because he was short? So then I looked up the term “Occupational Therapist” - which led to more confusion.
Occupational therapists treat patients with injuries, illnesses, or disabilities through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. They help these patients develop, recover, and improve the skills needed for daily living and working.
Plus, the same video says that Joel was “painfully small for his age”? This kid almost had to have been shorter than 4’9”. That would have put him in the 25th percentile of 12-year-olds. How is that “painfully small for his age”? And come to think of it, what do they mean by “painfully”? They almost make it sound like his height caused him physical pain, when we know that’s not true. The bullies did that, and society probably caused him some mental pain.
We’ve got to get a grasp on this heightism thing, people.