I’ve stood in your shoes on more than one occasion, this may be your first experience with school or like me, you may have already been through the process.
Our Teddie (Bear) is due to start school on Tuesday, He is extremely clued on, Caring, loving & kind hearted boy but unfortunately, he cannot communicate with words as Teddie is non-verbal.
Teddie uses a complex form of communication known as PECS (picture exchange communications System) It requires Teddie to exchange a series of pictures which will correspond to what he wants or needs.
Some might say Teddie is hard work (I do sometimes) We have good days and bad days just like every family does. We have days when I question is Teddie any different than the next 4 – year -old then the minute I think it somethings happens and I’m literally pulling my hair out.
We all think the same when we see a child acting out or a parent who isn’t conforming but really we should be standing together as even if you hate to admit it you probably have been in the shoes of someone who is struggling with a strong minded child.
As your son or daughter embarks on their new journey at school I’m asking you a massive favour! On your walk or drive into school next week please would you support your child in educating them with basic knowledge of a special needs child. Tell them they kind, caring and friendly just like your child but they just need more time to adapt to their surroundings or situations.
Tell them, A special needs child can differ from each induvial.
- They can struggle with their behaviour or ability to socialise, for example, they struggle to make friends
- Reading and writing can be an issue but this could be because they have dyslexia
- Their ability to understand things and their concentration levels may not be the same as your child
- They may be a physical disability
- Communication may play a vital role in their disability.
I have no concerns with Teddie trying to make friends at school, my main concern is the other children not making friends with him!
You and your child could make the difference of Teddie experiencing everything and more the infant school has to offer- the alternative is him having to leave the school as it’s made to hard for him.
We have everything in place for what Teddie will need for when he is at school but unfortunately, we cannot control who likes who. The thought of Teddie on his own at break and lunch time keeps me awake most nights.
Even without any additional needs is scary stuff starting school at any age, trying to fuse them friendship groups can cause stress to an adult let alone a 4- year- old.
Teddie will be eager as ever to get into class come Tuesday, he’ll be ready to make new friends and knows he has to be kind to everyone.
Please send your child to school no matter what age telling them to ‘Just be kind’!