Reserve Top Ranked  Foster Care Motivational Keynote Speaker and Trainer Derek Clark  for Your Next Conference   Related to Child Welfare or Child Abuse and Neglect.

Motivational Speaker Derek Clark in Foster Care at age 6.
Derek Clark in Foster Care at Age 6

Derek Clark inspires youth and adults internationally to never give up and to not let their past infect their future. He shares his motivational message of courage, hope and perseverance to help others find the strength to never give up.

As a child in foster care he was “labeled and misdiagnosed” in almost every psychological evaluation in existence. As a helpless child, Derek was nearly institutionalized due to severe erratic behavioral problems and violent tendencies. Having suffered brutal child abuse and abandonment, Derek was prone to severe anxiety, distress and lashing out in anger. At 6 years old, Derek was diagnosed as mentally handicapped among many other labels. Experts said he had the IQ of a two and half year old, suffered erratic psychosis and withdrawn from reality. As he developed, it became clear to his wonderful foster parents that this diagnosis was without merit.

In his presentations, he reveals how he overcame his adversities and how he triumphed in his personal life. He takes you down his road of lessons that he has learned of hate, anger, resentment, mistrust in adults, violent tendencies, rejection, lack of love, child abuse and the memories that have haunted his life.

Derek Clark’s inspirational keynotes are based on true-life trials and triumphs, and have inspired thousands of people to have the mental strength to overcome adversity and fear. Derek believes that he has successfully thrived as a leader in life because of his painful past, compassion for others and living a “No Excuse” life. He has turned his situation from pitiful to powerful.

County Mental Health Services

Dates Examined: 7/8,1976, 11/08/1976, 11/26/1976, 12/09/1976, 1/26/1977

18 hours were spent in interviews and in preparation of the report.
The parent’s were referred to this agency by the Psychiatric Emergency Unit.

DEREK: Age 6½

Derek is described as a child with severe emotional and behavioral  problems. Neurological, psychological and learning disability evaluations were done on Derek. Neurological tests indicate he is functioning on a normal 2 ½ to 4 year old level, they indicate “retardation”. The psychological examination done for the Learning Disability Evaluation diagnose Derek as having Erratic Psychosis. Both foster homes have reported problems with Derek’s encopretic and eneuretic behavior. Behavior was immature. Derek talked frequently about guns, knives and hurting others. Derek has confusion of word tense and does not differentiate between today, yesterday, tomorrow.

The child is “below average.” Derek cannot read, add, or identify some letters.

The uniformity of the delay suggests organic “Mild Retardation” rather than psychosocial problems, but time will tell.

Derek’s background includes extreme physical and economic impoverishment during infancy, and a father who brutalized the child.

Both foster homes have reported problems with Derek’s encopretic and eneuretic behavior. The mother describes Derek’s father as an ex-convict and an alcoholic, with severe emotional problems. The mother lost contact with Derek’s father soon after the child’s birth, but believes he returned to prison shortly thereafter for involvement in several armed robberies. Derek’s mother is the daughter of an abusive and alcoholic father. It has been discovered that Derek’s father is in prison for the criminally insane.

It is suspected that Derek never got that far in development. By the time he was a year old, Derek had probably pretty much withdrawn from reality.

Below You Will Discover Incredible Details and Some of the Challenges that Derek Clark Had as a Foster Child (age 6)

Special placement problems are hyperactive, emotionally disturbed youngster. Neurological tests indicate “mild retardation”.

A verbal report from the doctor states that while the boy is not overtly psychotic, there is indication of this potential. The child laughs inappropriately and shows great anxiety. He is very suspicious of people.

He needs further testing to more accurately determine his I.Q. He does not recognize such words as “dog, boy, cat.”

The parents state that the boy is hyperactive. The parent’s further state that the minor must be physically restrained and that he frequently flies into rages and is completely unmanageable.

On more than one occasion in the past year, the minor has been observed to pound his head on the floor.

Derek’s father’s whereabouts are unknown. He has not seen Derek since Derek was nine months old. The last information the mother had on the father was that he was in an institution for the criminally insane.

Derek was a forceps delivery and his mother had to have labor induced. There was also an Rh incompatibility. During his first year, Derek had a case of anemia. . He has a history of temper tantrums, eneuresis and encopresis. Head banging was prevalent.

On the WISC, Derek has a significant discrepancy between his verbal and performance scales. Derek’s verbal scale indicated below average general knowledge, logical thinking and language development

Derek’s thought processes have a number of characteristics. The numerous incidents of bizarre and fragmented thoughts make it difficult to discern his developmental level. One interesting note is that Derek has no ability to reverse thinking processes.

His major weaknesses lay in verbal concept formation and language development. However, all of Derek’s learning processes are interfered with by personality factors. He is highly anxious and is hyperactive as a result. He loses contact with reality frequently and perseverates, fantasizes and makes bizarre comments. This can happen without warning and in the middle of a task. The anxiety also manifests itself in sudden poor visual perception and in poor visual-motor coordination.

Identification of Nuclear Conflicts:

The source of Derek’s emotional disturbance lies within his first year of life. Even prenatally, Derek was in trouble because of the Rh factor. Then, labor had to be induced, and the baby was a forceps delivery. Also, sometime that first year, Derek was anemic and was abused by one or both parents. Therefore, the nature of his conflicts is a failure to develop any positive relationship with his mother, father or with the world.

The failure to allow Derek the chance of a positive relationship with reality resulted in two things. First, he started to view the world as hostile and dangerous. Second, his helplessness in the situation caused frustration and anxiety which probably led him to withdraw.

When Derek expresses his impulses, it is usually in terms of oral aggression and aggression in general. All of these provoke anxiety, but the aggression provokes more anxiety than any other impulse. When he expresses an impulse fully, it is usually blunt, brief and uncensored.

Derek doesn’t appear to be experiencing guilt for his actions.

It is suspected that Derek never got that far in development. By the time he was a year old, Derek had probably pretty much withdrawn from reality.

Derek is a six year-old boy with “potentially” average cognitive abilities. However, his severe emotionally disturbed state of mind interferes with his overall functioning and prevents him from developing along a normal pattern.

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