How Do You Deal with Your Startle Reflex in School When Your Peers or Your Teacher Don’t Understand?

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Part 2 can be found here

A reader recently asked several questions pertaining to startle reflex. Because of the complexity of the questions I’ve chosen to create a series of posts answering their questions. The first question reads: “How do you deal with your startle reflex in school when your peers or your teacher don’t understand?”


This particular question has not been an issue for me personally, as my startle reflex is what I would consider not very severe. Allow me to clarify; I wouldn’t say that my startle reflex is predominantly something I concern myself with. For me, start reflex is something that I just deal with its a part of my life. There is no getting around it, and frankly it is not something that others notice in my case. If they do, it is not one’s focus of attention.
My best advice to you however, is to explore a simple explanation that works to fill their curiosity and concern. The fact of life is that Cerebral Palsy and startle reflex go hand in hand for many. My question for you is this: does the display of your startle reflex embarrass you in public? It comes a time on occasion, when I startle on them, unaware that I’ve done so. I only know that I have based on the fact that their expression changed, and it looked somewhat alarmed. I explain this is a normal fact of life that you have no need for concern.
I hope this is a helpful explanation please do feel free to comment and let me know if you have any further questions that I could be of help in answering. I will continue to answer the remaining questions that you posted in your comment in further blog posts, so I recommend you stay tuned for part two in the series.

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Laura Forde founded her blog through my eyes: my life with cerebral palsy in December 2009 out of a great need she had, realizing that there was a vast gap in firsthand accounts of what life was like living with Cerebral Palsy: she knew then that the only way to see this reflected online was to create the change herself and thus this blog was born Laura was born four months premature, weighing a mere one pound three ounces and given ten percent odds for survival. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three. After graduating from college, she continued writing and doing what she loves to do most; speaking to groups about her life experiences and sharing what she has learned from her journey. Her blog lifeofthedifferentlyabled was created after discovering that the online community lacked the voice of people in her situation. In its first year, the site saw over 20,000 hits from all over the world. Her readers are from all walks of life; some with disabilities, parents of children, professionals, and others who seek to gain a better understanding of the world of the differently abled. You can follow her on Twitter or Facebook
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2 Responses to How Do You Deal with Your Startle Reflex in School When Your Peers or Your Teacher Don’t Understand?

  1. Pingback: What Are Common Triggers of Startle Reflex? | through my eyes my life with cerebral palsy

  2. chinmay shah says:

    Hi, I want to ask one question I m suffering from cerebral palsy and severe startle reflex but i want to know how should i remove them.
    please answer thnx….mail me plz…

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