It’s D’s mum – Weds 7th Oct 2015

By | October 7, 2015

That’s me! That’s how I’m known around D’s school and I love it!

I’m very lucky that I can take D to and from school, as opposed to relying on school transport.  

We live extremely close to the school (well, 15 minutes walk away in the morning and 20 in the afternoon as tiredness and anxieties as we pass people kick in for D).  It does have its drawbacks if the weather is bad but it’s something that I can envisage always doing as D has zero road awareness and absolutely no sense of danger. 

It would take a lot for me to utilise the school transport because we (generally) enjoy our chit-chat (sometimes very one-sided) on the walks and it’s away from gadgets etc too (always a bonus).

Another advantage is that I get a chance to see the other children in her class albeit as they head off for their transport.  D started in her school a few months before her sixth birthday and she’s now nearly 11.5 so she’s been there a while.

Dependent on their mood at the end of the day, there’s always a smile and sometimes a “Hi, D’s mum”.  It’s lovely.   

Yesterday something happened which made me feel very proud of another child, one who’s been with D on and off in classes since she joined.

When we first met this child, they were non-verbal, it wasn’t a case of delayed or stilted speech, there wasn’t any.  Merely shrieks and screams.   The child was also unable to tolerate anyone from their family going into school for events, so any activity was viewed from a distance.  

Gradually they have progressed, the shrieks have been replaced by small smiles and speech has arrived.  It was an absolute joy to see them sing during the Proms week and know that their family were able to watch too.  

Yesterday I was waiting for D and the child came down before her and said “Hi D’s mum, he’s just coming, be down soon”.  Isn’t that amazing! Cynics may think “Well? So? And they’ve got the pronoun wrong” but to see them smiling, acknowledging a parent in the school environment and talking was just wonderful.

Every child needs to be treated as an individual.  T, for example, would very quickly lose patience with the slower pace of D’s SN school, she would find (and did) a mainstream environment completely overwhelming and I doubt she’d get into a classroom to learn anything.

To watch D and her classmates progress through school, establish life skills and gain self-confidence is wonderful and really quite a privilege.  This “D’s mum” is very proud of them all.
  

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Silly Mummy on 7th October 2015 at 10:30 pm.

Yes, that is wonderful! So great that the kids are making such good progress in their school. That is what education should be about – finding the right way to make the right progress for every kid, whatever their circumstances, so they can all realise their own individual potential. I think people can forget sometimes to acknowledge achievement subjectively. Because those kids who are objectively high achievers generally receive a lot of acknowledgement all the time and, in fact, on a subjective level those achievements may be pretty easy for them & not that big. Whilst achievements that objectively seem small could be subjectively monumental to the child in question, and very worthy of recognition. I may be rambling! #SSAmazingAchievements

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Jeannette on 21st November 2015 at 2:31 pm.

That’s okay, ramble away. I’m right with you!
Every child is individual and should be treated as such.
Achievements which can seem quite minor to some, are pretty mega to others.
It’s a real privilege to watch them progress 🙂

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Jane - Our Little Escapades on 13th October 2015 at 6:59 pm.

I really hope in a few years time the mums of our group can all say this exact same thing. It must be lovely to see this progress, I bet his parents are so proud too.

Thanks for linking up with Small Steps Amazing Achievements :0)
x

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Jeannette on 21st November 2015 at 2:30 pm.

It is fantastic, he’s progressed so well x

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