Dec 10, 2015

The One with the 38 Month Old Who Is In Speech Therapy

Making the decision to take Addison out of the preschool classroom was a hard one for us. We debated. There were pros and cons to both sides. It was something that I struggled with and even reduced me to tears at least once. Every step of this journey with Addison and getting her back on track has been a hard one. I struggle with the decisions we make often, just hoping it's the right one. In this case we didn't feel there was a wrong decision, so it came down to what was best for me.

Ultimately we chose to take her out of the classroom this year and get her back into the classroom next year. It was a decision that I know a lot of people have questioned. At the end of the day we felt
her being home with me for one more year was the best decision. She can't start kindergarten until she is six which gives us an extra year of preschool so we wanted to take advantage and take that extra year. For some people, they doubt that we made the best decision for our daughter and others think we were crazy to remove her from a classroom where she would be getting three hours a day four days a week help for free.


Like I said I wrestled with the decision for a long time, and at the end of the day we are the ones who know her best. We are the ones who are her parents so we had to do what we thoughts was best.

But still we have her best interest in mind. We knew she would qualify for speech services so we decided to pursue just speech for this year while she stayed home with me. So a few weeks after removing her from the classroom (knowing that at any time we could put her back in), she started two days a week speech therapy through the school district.

Every day I see so much improvement. She doesn't spend a lot of time in speech services and honestly we know she might progress faster in the classroom with more help and surrounded by other kids, but she has already come so far. She has been enjoying the days she does go and is always excited to tell me about what she did at the end of each therapy session.

She is still behind, but for us she has made so much improvement. She can communicate. She can tell us how she is feeling. She can tell me what she wants. Understanding has never been a problem and her understanding of everything definitely continues to grow daily. But now it isn't just one-sided conversations. We are able to actually talk to each other.

We know that we still have a long way to go and just the 30 plus some sessions left of this school year definitely isn't going to catch her up. But when I get to spend my days with her and teach her, I realize how we made the right decision. We have no doubt she will get here she needs to be and yes this way might have slowed down that progress some but we didn't set her back or halt it. We continue to push back. She continues to move forward and is able to get help from someone trained to help kids just like her at the same time.

Check Out the Full Story::
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xo, B

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