After many sleepless nights and much contemplation, our sensational son has started preschool.
My initial feeling was that I didn’t want to send him to preschool. My son is non-verbal so I was worried that something would happen that he wouldn’t be able to tell me. That is my constant worry when he is not with my husband or I.
We went ahead and went through with the initial evaluation and created his IEP. I knew in my heart that this is what he needed but my mind was telling me that I needed to protect him. I feel that sometimes my over-protectiveness has crippled some of his learning experiences.
I had spoken with other parents and they had told me about terrible teachers their children had. It only fueled the worry I had about his teacher not listening to me. I know my child isn’t the only child in the classroom but I could only hope that he would get the same attention. He is not yet able to speak up and say “Excuse me, I need help”. My worry that he would be forgotten was causing me to lose sleep.
Needless to say, all my worries were put to rest when I met his teacher. She has such a calming vibe about her that I knew my son would be at ease with her as well. She spoke with me for a half an hour at open house night and I explained all my concerns to her. She simply put a hand on my shoulder and told me ” You are definitely not the first mother to feel this way” .
His teacher is so passionate about what she does and she genuinely does care. She took the time to come to our house the day before school to meet with our son one more time. She wanted to ensure that he knew she was a safe person. I wish all parents were able to experience such a caring teacher.
I know that everyday will not be easy and that we will have to take it day by day. However, I know this will be good not only for our son but my husband and I as well.
Hope that your children are having a good school year!