The second go around!
If you have followed me for sometime I have shared that my boys have delays in speech. My oldest is receptive learning and my middle child, my second son has expressive delays.
Today we are starting the second go around with my second son. He has improved a lot but not in comparison to where his goals were set for him to be at now. Where he should have been at by the end of last school year he is still struggling and lagging behind so yes we his parent have decided to put him through a second round of testing and evaluation because we want the best for him and if it means we have to homeschool and place him in a specialized program we will find a way to do it.
Here is why. I am not ashamed to say I was born with tons of defects which included a broken ear drum and extremely far sighted. I could hear well until 5 when I had surgery on my left ear. I got my first pair of glasses at 3 because I was a late walker didn’t learn till I was 2 when they realized I was so off balance. I am dyslexic and read words backwards and still do occasionally but not nearly as I did. I didn’t learn till 3rd grade. I was placed in speech education since first grade until my 3rd grade year. My mother worked a full time job but worked with me day and night and when I went to 4th grade they introduced us to the 5th grade orchestra and I wanted to learn to play the violin. I remember my mother meeting with the teacher on my first day of 5th grade when she took me to the orchestra room and the teacher said the violin is the hardest instrument to learn and given my struggles she suggested I look into another activity like Art. My mother said I don’t care if she is the worst player she wants to learn and I’m paying for it so you will teach her.
I was determined to learn and I did. I wasn’t the best but I wasn’t the worst either!
I can go on and on and my classmates could tell you I was in AP classes and scholastic and honor classes. I wasn’t the best but I proved I deserved to bet them from my hard work and dedication. Well I want the same for my kids. I want them to be able to try anything they want and I don’t want to be the parent who didn’t help them get there. If I have to spend days and night with my son helping hi learn to be understood by others I will do it.
So today we are redoing his physical. Besides the speech delay and minor fine motor skill delays he is doing good. Most of his testing they are doing there at the school so I don’t have to take him to several different tests outside of the school day. This time they are adding in language testing since they didn’t do it the first time but now its evident its not just articulation. We know its not a hearing problem since he can hear a level lower than the average person.
So yup we are doing our best to get him help that we needs.