Confident Solutions

Some disabilities are easier to "see" in the public eye.  Typically, those are ones that bring obvious behaviors out in the open.  However, there are more subtle disabilities that are more "hidden" or harder to see (or identify) within our child's community.  We watch our child at school, at home, during different extracurricular activities. Doesn't anyone else see it? There's a lot of weight on regular education teachers to identify areas of potential disabilities. However, that is a lot of weight to carry. They are regular education teachers, not special education teachers and don't have the same background of experience and training. Additionally, with class sizes growing, children who are often not exhibiting noticeable behaviors often fall through the cracks. Yet, we often wait for our child's teacher to mention to us what we are seeing. There is a place our child is struggling whether that is socially, emotionally, or academically.   When we ask, we're often told how he or she is coping, it's maybe just developmental, kids grow at different rates, he/she is not being challenged enough for their cognitive ability, don't worry...but we still see. Our gut, our parental intuition is telling us something else is going on. 

So now what? As parents, you are your child's first and most important advocate.  Trust your instinct. Trust that little voice inside that is saying there is something more to investigate.  Finding the correct diagnosis opens up doors of resources and tools for your child that was not there before.  Bringing awareness to why is liberating.  Having that awareness builds understanding, perspectives shift, resources open up, tools are presented and used, and your child gains skills.

Where should you start? 

1.You are always welcome to reach out to us. We will listen and help guide you to resources.  

2. Talk with your pediatrician. Let him or her know your concerns and what your "gut" is telling you.

3. Ask your pediatrician for a referral to a developmental and behavioral pediatrician. 

4. Get an independent evaluation.  Call your insurance. Find out what psychologists are covered to perform a psychological and/or educational test. 

5.  Just ask questions, be persistent.    

Listed below are a few resources on different areas you may see. Don't forget to also check out our resource tab. We have links to more websites and books.

The different types of ADHD The 3 Types of ADHD

Asperger Syndrome What is Asperger Syndrome?

Nonverbal Learning Disability What are Nonverbal Learning Disabilities?

Dyslexia  What is Dyslexia?  or Dyslexia Resources

Sensory Processing  Understanding Sensory Processing Issues

Executive Functions Executive Function Disorder Explained or Executive Functions-What is it?

Auditory Processing 7 Things I Wish People Knew About Parenting a Child With Auditory Processing Disorder

With Appreciation,

Christina and Wendy