How can I reach you ... or did I?

The purpose of this paper is to encompass two thoughts: (1) To suggest to the reader some of the psychological and social difficulties encountered by the handicapped, and (2) To inform counselors as to some techniques in approaching the handicapped and their families in dealing with some of these difficulties. In my attempt to encompass these two thoughts, I will also be discussing my own experiences counseling a 16 year old boy who had a rare disease known as "Marfan Syndrome." This discussion will be in the form of a case study in which I will deal with my reactions, as well as my client's and his family's reactions to counseling. Also, because of the sudden death of my client, the various reactions to his death will be discussed.