Betty’s third birthday meant big changes for her. On the day she turned three we said goodbye to our beloved team of early intervention therapists and got ready for a new adventure in special education. As her mom, my feelings about this transition ranged from terrified to hopeful. Today’s episode is all about our experience leading up to that first big transition and some of the challenging feelings I dealt with as a special needs mom.
When Betty first got started with early intervention, we had piles of papers to sign. I remember one of them being a consent form that would let the school district access her EI records once she was enrolled in school. The fact that I signed that paper really bothered me for the next few days or weeks because I didn’t want Betty to be treated differently because of things she dealt with as a baby. At that point we had no idea that her delays would be around for the rest of her life, so I was really concerned about the label of “developmental delays” limiting what others thought she would be capable of. But as her diagnosis came, the tables turned and suddenly I had to figure out how her labels and prognosis would affect what I thought she was capable of.
Do you think that your child’s diagnosis has affected the expectations you have for them? Have you had a wonderful or nightmarish IEP experience? What helpers have you had in your child’s journey so far? Share your story in the comments. I’d love to hear from you!