As a Parent...
As a parent, I’ve been in your shoes. My daughter struggled with speech development, school refusal, and overwhelm at different points throughout her education. From there, her needs only grew despite me using all the tools I had as a special education teacher.
I could see what was happening, but I was too close to the situation. I needed someone else to step in and guide. I went through the assessment process. I lived through hearing the negativity about my child. I grieved the loss. Unfortunately, the system is set up to not step in until all has failed.
Thankfully, I knew how to advocate for her. I worked collaboratively with the teachers and the school. It hasn't been an easy process. We are constantly learning how to support her as her needs evolve.