Happy Monday! For starters, I want to personally thank those of you who have shown me an abundance of love and support for opening up about my son Greyson. I was overwhelmed with joy to see how many e-mails I received from parents, educators, and so many others interested in sharing their stories and knowledge on children with development delay.
One of my main goals for this blog is for readers to feel like they are part of a community - an open space to vocalize struggles, give advice, and never feel judged.
While so many of the e-mails I read warmed my heart and were extremely informative, one in particular that stood out to me was from a teacher named Christine.
Before getting into the topic, I want to give a personal shout out to Christine! Educators like you are the ones who give me hope for the future of my son- thank you. As a parent, it is difficult to come to terms with the fact that your child may have a learning disability of any sort. Since Greyson is only 2, we haven’t been faced with making any “schooling” decisions yet, but this e-mail had me thinking “what would I do?”
No matter what “label” a doctor gives, or what YOU as a parent may suspect to be “wrong” with your child, it is important that you are honest with the educators in his/her life. How are they supposed to help if they are kept in the dark? Full transparency is the key. Personally, I don’t believe you are “stigmatizing” your kid by sharing his/or her tendencies/disabilities. In fact, I think by exposing the truth, you are giving your child a higher chance of success.
Granted, I know this process may not be easy for a parent. We don’t want our children “standing out” or being bullied by other children who identify them as “different”.
On the spectrum or not, our children are ALL beautiful and unique. We all develop, learn, and see the world individually. Disability or no disability, every child should be taught to treat their peers EQUALLY. It may sound mundane, but we all know that kindness goes a LONG way. Children’s minds are like sponges - and I’m not here to preach how to parent, but kids needs to be taught to treat people equally. They need to know that just because a classmate may be “different from them”, that doesn’t mean they are “weird” or “less than”.
To the parents brave enough to share their child’s needs with teachers, you are an inspiration! Educators like Christine are extremely grateful for people like you and of course - so is your child.
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