Please don’t label my son

With the start of every school year, it starts again.  It’s parent teacher conference time.  It’s time, once again, for the professional educators to try and label my son.

The thing is… well… he doesn’t fit neatly into any of the predefined categories.  He defies diagnosis.  He’s been that way since before birth.

So once again, I’ll be sitting with a teacher who will ask for his label.  Once again, I know she probably won’t like my answer…

It started before his birth. [Read more…]

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Thinking about labels

labelsI’ve been thinking about labels lately, and I finally figured out what I wanted to say.

Last week, I  spent time with an “educational assessment specialist” to start the process of figuring how how to best help my oldest son.  It’s a heart-breaking journey for me, and I’ve been extremely resistant to letting some expert slap a label on my child.  I see him as perfect as he is.

When I’m ready, I tell you more about Watty and how we got here.

But for now, I’ll tell you about some of the labels I’ve worn.  Because understanding MY labels helps me make sense of his. [Read more…]

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