I'm a single black mother that is raising a wonderful lil boy!!!
Well it has come to the time where I am really being tested as a mother.
Yesterday my son's school called. I look at my cell phone and just shook my head. I knew what was about to be told.....He had to go home. He was so disruptive in class, his real teacher wasn't there, there were only 2 teachers there who can't handle him, so he had to leave.
So I call my babysitter and had her go pick him up for me. When she got back, she told me that he was messing with a girl and getting huffy with a boy.
So I called my mom and just broke down. I just feel like I'm useless as a mother. I feel like if he doesn't settle down, he can miss out on a lot of learning. It just broke my heart. My mother finally calmed me down after like 20 minutes of crying. She said it could be worse...he could be blind, he could be deaf, or he could have serious defects. Him being a lil hyper is something I can work on. I thought about it and she was right.
So I told her how his physical went on Monday. Before he got his 3 shots, the nurse wanted to know about his health. She asked if he was an overall healthy kid. I said yes. She asked how his eating was. I said for the most part, he eats well. But sometimes he goes thru his stages where he won't eat a thing. Then she asked how is speech is. I told her for his age, I personally think he's behind. She asked how many words can he say in a sentence, and I said like 4. She said he could be speech delayed. Then she saw the worried look on my face and said it's common among boys because they learn at a slower rate than girls. Then she asked does he have any siblings at home and I said no. She said this could be another factor as well. So she recommended me to get him a "Dial Screening". She gave me the local school that does it.
So Tuesday I call and they give me like 3 schools to choose from. I picked the one that is like 2 blocks away from my place. I call up there and they are so busy that they had to call me back. So I left my information and waited for like 4 hours. So I call back again and they lady answers the phone and I tell her I had left a message. She politely apologized and told me that it is crazy right now. I asked her what a "Dial Screening" is. She basically says it just to see how my son can follow directions and stuff. I told her that I think my son is speech delayed and she says that they evuate that as well. So I say ok you do the test and find out something is wrong with him, then what? She says that they send a letter informing me about what they've evaluate of him and if feel he needs help on things they have me come back to help him basically with teachers, Dr.'s, and all that great stuff. So I'm like how much is gonna cost me? She's like they ask if you have Medicaid, but if you don't, then it's free. I feel better and a lil optimistic about this. I just don't know what to make outta his actions. Hopefully they can help. It just made me feel good that people in the world still care about young development in small children.
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