When I am not chasing around the kiddies, working out, or writing a blog post, you can see me teaching English Language Arts and Social Studies in my local school district. This upcoming school year will be my fifth-year as a special education teacher.
Yesterday, I had to make a phone call in which many of my students’ parents made at one point.
I called to have my child evaluated for early intervention services…More specifically, speech. #deepbreath
It wasn’t until my sister-in-law pointed out, that Andrew and I noticed.
If you ask Sophia to say, “OK” her response is,
Just like “Kangaroo” is “Tangagroo”.
She can’t make the hard “K” sound.
I mean, I noticed she said “otay” but I thought it was cute. I didn’t think of the fact that maybe she actually can’t make the “K” sound.
I have to admit, I had a mini-freak attack when Andrew said, “We have to call and get her evaluated!”
-> Teacher in me: Yes, I totally agree we should so she can get the necessary services, if she qualifies.
-> Mommy in me: Nooo!!! Why does she need something else to battle? Why her?
Now, I know the “Mommy in me” is a bit dramatic (have you met me?), and OF COURSE this is something minimal compared to what it could be.. But NO ONE, ever wants their child to struggle or have something “wrong” with them.
A little fact about me- I struggled all throughout my schooling career. I tell this to my students time and time again. I was in speech and in all the remedial classes. I never had a “study hall” or “academic prep”. I had to work my butt off to be in the mid-80’s.
It wasn’t until I was in college where things started to come easier and I was more successful, academically.
So maybe my little “freakout” brought me back to those experiences, but what I can say is that between Andrew, who is a first grade teacher, and I, we’ll make sure both Sophia and Brayden will receive whatever services they needs now and throughout their academic career.
We will not only be their loving and supportive parents, who will teach them every trick in the book to solve a number bond problem or use a graphic organizer to help organize their writing, but we will be their advocates. #always
So now… We wait for a call from the Early Intervention Department for someone to come do a speech screening on our little miss. In the meantime, if you come to our house and hear the word “Kangaroo” about one million times, you know why…