Supernanny Jo Frost is under heavy fire after posting something on Instagram that many parents of special needs children are deeming to be highly offensive and a misinterpretation of the truth. What did the TV personality post that was deemed to be so offensive? What are special needs parents saying about it? Keep reading for the details.
Supernanny Jo Frost says parents rush to label their children
About 24 hours ago, Supernanny Jo Frost posted a photo with the following caption on top of it: “Today in the 21st century people want to banish the word ‘naughty,’’ she wrote. ‘They say it is a negative word to describe a child’s behaviour. Yet we desperately want to label our children ADD, ADHD, ODD and every other ABCD.'”
Jo had a few individuals who thought the post was on-point. And, she had one who defended her saying those who cast criticism didn’t understand the message behind the post at all. Most of her followers, however, were disgusted. And, they quickly poured into the comments to school her on how parents of special needs/neurodiverse children actually feel.
Autistic person here. Jo Frost, eat a d*ck you judgemental, pseudoscience pushing, hyperindividualist fossil. I don't take advice from the arrogant harlot who made a living pioneering the art of filming children's meltdowns and private moments and sticking them on TV for all… pic.twitter.com/tjlBvOGvtI
— Jack Monaghan #AutisticandProud #Extremist4Love (@JackMonaghan1) October 13, 2022
I can’t believe the ignorance of Jo Frost. It’s astounding with her years of experience working with children. Anyone giving her a platform needs to seriously rethink their position. Outdated views like this cause real harm which we have experienced first hand. https://t.co/vv5qhwHke3
— Nicole Kennedy (@nicolekkennedy) October 13, 2022
Parents insist she’s wrong about why they are desperate
A blog written by a special needs parent on Grazia Daily notes that Supernanny Jo Frost is wrong in her statement about WHY these parents want a label for their children. The blog goes on to point out that Jo’s post suggests parents look for labels such as ADD or ADHD to justify their children’s naughty behavior. This assumption, however, couldn’t be further from the truth. The blog (as well as comments on her post) goes on to argue that parents are desperate for neurodiverse labels so they can get help for their children.
For example, if a child is autistic the child cannot get therapy or go to specialized schools without an official diagnosis labeling the child as being on the spectrum.
Here’s what some other frustrated parents had to say about the highly offensive post:
- “looks like your ‘knowledge’ is at least 19 years out of date! Anyone working professionally with children knows this is an outrageous comment.”
- “An insensitive post really. All the ‘ABCD’s’ are not labels. They’re diagnoses.”
- “This post is harmful and offensive to parents of children with disabilities.”
- “While I agree in part, ADHD isn’t just ‘being naughty’, that’s quite a narrow minded and sweeping statement. The neurological condition has a whole host of other characteristics and behaviours.”
- “I don’t understand this. Actually it’s a dangerous post, Jo. Not sleighing I’d expect from you – someone who I respect a lot.”
Accumulating nearly 1,500 comments, many of her followers admit they just didn’t understand why she felt compelled to share something so offensive.
This is a problem @Jo_Frost have you heard of disability rights?
Comparing the use of 'Naughty' with parents desperate need to access support for their Neurodiverse children is not helpful.
These are parents who's mental health and well-being is already shot to bits!
— Theo Smith (he/him) (@TheoSmithUK) October 13, 2022
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