Just when we were at a loss for what to do with our three year old ~ serendipity happened.
During a visit to a new pre-school my oldest son, just three at the time, pushed over a dollhouse, similar to this one, shattering it into a million little pieces. The sound made some kids cry, some angry and some speechless. It left me feeling embarrassed and deflated. What happened next would be a pivotal turning point in our journey2bloom. The teacher calmly walked over to my son, asked what he was feeling to make him do such a thing ~ Hugged him and said it would be alright then directed him to go hang out in the “fort house” within her classroom (she had recognized his sensory issues immediately and knew just what to do)
Next stop was over to me ~ putting her arm around me ~ she said “Don’t worry, I know I can help him, together we will get him moving forward.” I was blown away that, even after he broke this expensive item, she was unconditionally willing to guide, support and lead him to a better place. Had it not been for her and the team we built of SME’s, we would not be where we are today.
It is NOT about how much money you spend on advocates, it is about who you surround yourself with, what you learn about who your child is, who can support, guide and rally around you , coupled with having the tools and resilience to continue asking questions until YOU feel comfortable with the answer and next steps. That IS what MATTERS most.