As I have grown through the years, my ideas about education changed. In high school, all I could think about is how much I wanted to be done with school. It just seemed like a chore, something that I just had to go through to make it into adulthood.
College felt different, likely due to the new found independence I had gained. However, by the time graduation rolled around, I was ready to be done and move forward in my life. I wanted to begin my career and accomplish my dreams and ambitions.
This brings me to the present. I actually miss studying and the relationships that I built during those periods in my life. And while I did well in school, I look at my kids and I want them to succeed in every aspect of life. I want to give them all the tools my parents gave me as a child. I don’t want my own insecurities to hinder what they could have or accomplish in life. Now this might seem pretty heavy for such an amazing moment in life, but I don’t want my son to struggle because I am afraid of what might be.
My son, Liam, is currently 4-years-old and is enrolled in speech therapy. This was noticed during his yearly doctor visit where it was discovered his development of speech continued to be behind. I knew with this last visit that I had to finally take some action. It took me a while to get there because I wanted to be able to help him myself. Once I got him started in speech therapy, he made great progress. I learned from the speech therapist different ways to approach play time with my son and what toys I should actually be getting him.
After several weeks of working with him, the therapist sat my husband and I down to let us know he had characteristics of Autism. This wasn’t a diagnosis, but just some signs that the therapist had seen. Due to this, we started the process to get Liam into preschool through the school district, allowing Liam to develop more of his speech and monitor the possible signs of autism. It has been a hard process for me to grasp because of my own fears.
After several months of waiting and a couple of evaluation meetings, we found out that Liam qualified for pre-school! While I am still nervous, I am excited that I am finally providing him the appropriate tools. I have realized that no matter what diagnosis my son has, he can still be successful. Watching him play in the classroom and seeing his smile when I picked him up brought tears to my eyes. I am so excited to see how his world will open up to new opportunities.
I will write more blogs about my son’s progress and about the ideas of success. Please ask if you have any questions about this process. I know it can be difficult, but I truly believe we are here to support each other. See you in tomorrow’s post!