I'll Tell You All About It
A Parent Interview: Having a Child With SLD
"As a parent, of course I am worried about my son and his future. I worry about how his unique learning ability will impact his future life daily. We have learned to take life one day at a time. He is learning to compensate for his unique abilities. He has learned to use strategies to help him work around any challenges he may face, but he will always be dyslexic and dysgraphic. It is just the way he has been wired, not something that can be 'cured'. I feel that the biggest social issue my son faces is, because we chose to have him attend a private school for is unique learning abilities, his close circle of friends are widely dispersed and not in our local community. This would not be the case if he were to have attended a public school. This issue is an outcome of his school location and not from being classified as a special education student. Although I am a parent and worry about my son, this fact gives me hope for his future."
"If I were to give any advice to other parents and family of children with unique learning abilities, it would be to, above all else, educate yourself. Learn about your child's specific disabilities, learn the laws concerning your child, and learn the school processes. Do not underestimate the importance and power of knowing your child's rights. Advocate for your child, it is your job as a parent and they depend on you. Hold your child's school accountable for their responsibility to provide Free Appropriate Public Education (F.A.P.E.). And when things get tough or too complicated, surround yourself with experts in the field who are not emotionally connected that will guide you in the right direction that best suits the needs of your child. Also remember to lean on your friends and family for love and support in difficult times. You can do this. For your child you will do this. I know."