Forum: Learning Disabilities and Special Education
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How did you react when you first found that your child may have a learning difficulty?
I am just wondering, because in the last year my little boy has been referred to paediatricians, speech therapy and the local authority inclusion team. He doesn't yet have a diagnosis but he has some EBD problems and particularly with social interaction with his peers. I was in complete denial when a health visitor first told me there might be something wrong, and it delayed his referrals, which I beat myself up over sometimes.
I knew the whole time prior to him getting his diagnosis that he had/has autism. I fought like crazy to get others to see it and while no of course I'm not at all happy about it and there are still some days it makes me cry I know that he is exactly who he is supposed to be. In the beginning it was difficult to all of a sudden stop the normal day to day activities and jump into intense therapies but we did and he is doing all the better for it. There are those days when I have my own private "woe is me" moments but they are fleeting and rare.
My son is 8. He had significant speech delay recognized after he turned 2. There were probably other delays or signs, but I was not in a hurry to get referrals. Sometimes I wonder "what if", but you can't do that. You must focus on what you will do tomorrow. Today Steven is in a small mild autism classroom. His speech is much improved, but he has a whole basket full of quirks. The school somehow dropped the ball to get psych testing done when he was 6, so I found private testing when he was 7 to get the mild autism diagnosis. I still feel that the school is not doing everything they can to address his reading delays, but that is another story.