Special Education

Reflective Reading Assignment in SPED 2

Mark 9: 14 – 29
14 And when they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd about them, and scribes arguing with them.
15 And immediately all the crowd, when they saw him, were greatly amazed, and ran up to him and greeted him.
16 And he asked them, “What are you discussing with them?”
17 And one of the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a dumb spirit;
18 and wherever it seizes him, it dashes him down; and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid; and I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able.”
19 And he answered them, “O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me.”
20 And they brought the boy to him; and when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth.
21 And Jesus asked his father, “How long has he had this?” And he said, “From childhood.

22 And it has often cast him into the fire and into the water, to destroy him; but if you can do anything, have pity on us and help us.”
23 And Jesus said to him, “If you can! All things are possible to him who believes.”
24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”
25 And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You dumb and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him, and never enter him again.”
26 And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse; so that most of them said, “He is dead.”
27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose.
28 And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?”
29 And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.”


I. Upon meditation of this good news from Mark, what are the qualities that Jesus possess to be able to contain the bad spirit?
What did Jesus do to cure the boy from that unclean spirit?
Why the disciples could not cast out that unclean spirit?

II. Based on the imagery presented in the Gospel, what are the manifestations or the behaviors of the boy before he was treated and cured by Jesus?

III. In medical point of view, what could be the problem or impairment of the boy being presented in this chapter of Mark’s Gospel? Cite manifestations and probable diagnosis or clinical impression of the disorder.

IV. In our present generation and a country dominated by the Catholic, we can’t deny the fact that some of our fellow Filipinos believe in spiritual causes of medical conditions and that in effect have contributed to the myths surrounding the disease conditions. As a student in a Catholic School and studying a course that gives emphasis on scientific basis of disorders in order to deliver a comprehensive intervention in education, compare and contrast the spiritual point of view of physical and mental conditions and the scientific point of view of physical and mental conditions.

V. Justify your stand by citing at least 10 examples of myths that you have heard or have discovered through research about a developmental disorder: MR, LD, ADHD, Autism and so on.. Example of myth: Bad deeds in the previous life of parents cause mental retardation.

VI. As a student in a Catholic School and studying a course that gives emphasis on scientific basis of disorders in order to deliver a comprehensive intervention in education, what can you contribute to correct or improve the awareness of people regarding the developmental conditions, to stop or minimize the myths and believe in scientific and medical basis which is the core of your delivery of instruction in special education. Cite examples to support your answer.

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