The Importance Of Knowing Your Child

Guest article: Jill Drum

At age one, my son would dump video cassettes out of their boxes for fun. In an attempt to get him to help clean up, I would ask him to hand me one or the other. If I picked up a Barney box, he would give me the Barney tape out of a mess of twenty! If I picked up a Pooh cassette, he would search until he found the corresponding Pooh box. Most of the cassettes had only words printed on them. I thought, my son is a genius! But by age three, when still not putting sentences together, he bit a child at preschool out of frustration because he had a hard time communicating. He was assigned a S.E.I.T. (Special Education Itinerant teacher) to act as a bodyguard, protecting the other students from my child.

Entering Kindergarten, after years of early intervention services, he was declassified. At Meet the Teacher night, his Kindergarten teacher wrote test results she had taken that week on the board.

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