Like the shoemaker’s son who was often the last to get a pair of shoes, parents are often the last ones to notice or acknowledge their own child may have difficulty learning or concentrating in school. As a Special Educator, one would think I would have recognized that our youngest son was struggling at school. Looking back I dismissed many subtle (and not so subtle) hints from family members, play group leaders and teachers while I was busy working with other children who had identified special needs. It took our son to finally break down in tears and tell me how much he was struggling at school before I jumped into action and sought help.
As a parent and an educator, what would I now share with parents? Here are a few tips that might help. Leave your ego and emotions at home and listen objectively to what teachers and family members say about your child. Observe your child in a setting with his or her peers. Ask questions. Visit your doctor and rule out vision, hearing and other possible medical issues. Have your child assessed by an Educational Psychologist. Ask for help. And do not be too hard on yourself – you are the best parent you can be as well as your child’s best advocate.
What advice would you give from personal experience or from a professional perspective?