The Chatterbox

The Chatterbox

News and views from the staff of FamilyEducation.



beck's picture beck

DId you know that both of my older kids are in speech therapy? Yup. And The Baby might be headed that way, too.
We are a lispy bunch.
One thing that always struck me was how quickly things like speech therapy become the new normal for a family - indeed, a large section of my friends have kids in speech therapy, too. But I remember very well the feeling that you're talking about.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I think I do remember you had some relationship with speech therapy!

It's tough--I worry about T. because it's not just lisping, but swallowing consonants and not saying pronouns.

Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

I love how you talk about this in terms of curves and bends instead of grief and disappointment. I just don't see value in judging kids only on standardized measures. That's more to judge educators than students. It all came out of an idea that schools should be held accountable and now has made everyone care how things look on paper more than some of the more qualitative measures that should also matter! The numbers.
I should stop here or I'll rant all day.
Your L...and your T...they are such precious, precious people. Just like every other child. I'm glad there are parents who know that there is more to an education than performance on a quarterly eval.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I know you feel all this keenly, Omaha. I like to think that there are many, many teachers and educators like you who do understand this. But I also know that there are many who look at the numbers, and that the numbers will trail along after kids no matter what.

I agree-it's something to sigh about!

Mary-LUE's picture Mary-LUE

I do wish you luck on T's evaluation.

I don't have anything to add to your piece here because you said it so well and better than I ever could have.

I guess I will add that I think sometimes parents have a hard time accepting those twists and turns. I think your children are blessed to have parents who do; who love them no matter what the twists and turns.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Thanks, Mary-lue--I really appreciate that.

The evaluation went smoothly, but T. does need weekly SPL because many of the issues she has with her consonants and pronouns should have cleared up by now and won't, according to the therapist, clear up all on their own at this point.