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Terri Mauro

A Parent's Wish for Acceptance and Flexibility

By January 3, 2013

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StoryI asked what you'd like to put on your special-needs wish list over the holidays, and in the waning days of 2012 reader Andrea added this wish that I think most of us with different learners can relate to:

"I wish that my child could be accepted in his school environment for the beautiful, sweet, smart child he is and that he can show mastery of the skills he has learned in his own way. Flexibility instead of rigidness in how he shows what he knows. I wish these continued worries of my child failing a grade because he cannot show mastery tbe way others do without disabilities would go away. It's hard to explain that this is really a problem of the adults in the school and not of his own doing. That he is doing, achieving, and succeeding whether the education team sees it as that or not. The constant fight to educate educators that mastery of a skill and accomplishment does not always have to exactly look the same, is a worry."

Do you have a wish for something that didn't quite make it under the Christmas tree? Share it on the Readers Respond page.


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