Well, we have made it through another week, thanks be to God. It has been so busy around these here parts that I am enjoying taking a breather.
The Girl went back to her job. I guess that since the company had spent so much money training her and since she hadn’t had her exit interview as yet the company was willing to take her back. The reason she went back, I suppose, was that she realized she didn’t like being hungry! (Not that we would ever let her be hungry. She didn’t like having no income.) Never leave a job without another job lined up, right?
A battle I have been waging for the last seven years is to get my son classified in the school system. This meant identifying his learning disability and getting an IEP (Individual Education Plan) in place. When he was in fifth grade, I had him evaluated by the Child Study Team. One day they thought he had an auditory processing disorder and the next they didn’t so he wasn’t classified and he continued to have problems with school.
In seventh grade, when I squawked once again, the head of special services suggested we have him evaluated for ADHD. Surprise, surprise! He was and is a textbook case of ADHD. The following few years we dealt with medications and their side effects until we got the right one. Still, ADHD is not classifiable.
Now The Boy is in his junior year of high school and I, once again, insisted he be evaluated for a learning disability. The caseworker, who knows me from when my dd was in school, tested The Boy and old me that he didn’t have a clue what was going on with my son because he saw that The Boy is much smarter than the testing indicated and wanted The Boy evaluated by an audiologist at a local hospital. Did you know that audiologists do more than just hearing tests? I didn’t.
Well, Mama’s instincts were right. The Boy has a moderate to severe central auditory learning disorder. Had it been caught when he was younger it would have been considered mild because his neural network was still developing and he could have been coached in how to cope with this learning disability. I am pushing for the school system to give him training this summer to help him through his senior year.
The reason I wanted the classification is three-fold: First, if a learning disability is not identified the student can think that he/she is dumb because they aren’t working "up to potential," as so many of us have been told.
Secondly, special accommodations can be made for LD (learning disabled) students. Such things as extra time for exams, proper seating in the classroom and special classes where more than one teacher is in the classroom one of which is a special ed. teacher who will keep an eye on his/her students.
Thirdly, when a student is classified, they qualify for federal aid for college based on family income. We are people of modest means and our boy wants desperately to go to college. This will help us greatly.
A mama knows when something isn’t right. My mama fought like a pitbull for her children when something wasn’t right in school and it was her behavior that patterned mine (thanks Mom). The ADHD symptoms can hide the symptoms of a central auditory learning disorder. If the high school caseworker hadn’t admitted that he couldn’t get a read on my son we might have never known that this LD exists. I am singing the praises of a man, Dr. T., who is intelligent enough to realize he doesn’t know everything and who is more interested in my son’s best interests than looking like the be all and end all.
I have not told ya’ll this for praise. I have told you so that you will know to go with your instincts. Advocate for your children, parents, neighbors, friends and whoever else needs the help. There is such a feeling of gratification when you have fought the good fight for those in need.
I wish you all a great weekend and pray that you stay safe and healthy. blessings, gail