Have you ever read that wonderful children’s book, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie? That’s how I’m feeling about my life. My story goes a little something like this and you have to read it twice since I have two special needs kids.
If You Give a Mom a Special Needs Child
If you give a mom a special needs child, she’s going to do everything in her power to help her child thrive.
And when she starts to help her child, she’ll realize she needs the support of specialists.
And when she realizes she needs specialists, she’ll call and set up an appointment with their PCP.
When they see the PCP, they will be directed to make an appointment with the neurodevelopment center.
When she makes the appointment with the neurodevelopment center, she’ll wait six months and fill out hours of paperwork before she even sets foot in the facility.
When the appointment day finally arrives, she’ll see the physician, fill out more paperwork, and feel encouraged that help is on the way.
When she leaves the appointment, the physician tells her to schedule an appointment with the physical therapist.
When she and her child see the physical therapist, the therapist will tell her to schedule an appointment with the occupational therapist.
When they see the occupational therapist, she’ll tell them to come back every week and to schedule an appointment with the speech therapist.
When they see the speech therapist, he will tell them to come back every week and to schedule an appointment with the psychologist.
When they see the psychologist, he will give her a book to read, 2 hours of videos to watch, more paperwork, and will tell them to come back every week. He also advises them to schedule an appointment with the psychiatrist.
When they see the psychiatrist, she will tell them to come back every month and to schedule a Behavioral Optometrist.
When they see the Behavioral Optometrist, he will tell them to follow up with the neuro specialist.
When she sees the neuro specialist again, he will tell her make an appointment with another psychologist, with a pediatric audiologist, with a parent support group, with a cultural support group, with a pediatric audiologist, to start planning IEP meetings for next school year, to look for a tutor, and to follow the advice of all the specialists they’ve seen.
She schedules all the appointments she’s been asked to schedule and then they see the audiologist.
When they see the audiologist, they are told to schedule an appointment with the PCP so that her child’s ears can be irrigated.
And when they get to the PCP, she will be reminded that this is where their journey began and she’ll likely remember…
That when you give a mom a special needs child, she’s going to do everything in her power to help her child thrive.
- 18 Things Special Needs Moms Shouldn’t Feel Guilty About (lovethatmax.com)
- It Takes More Than A Village (niederfamily.blogspot.com)
- 6 Secrets Special Needs Moms Know But WON”T Tell You (specialneedsmom.typepad.com)
- Hating Summer as a Special Needs Mom (scarymommy.com)