Early Childhood

Special Education: Have No Fear

By Christina A. Samuels — September 21, 2010 1 min read
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It seems like I’m always writing about difficulties related to educating children with disabilities. Isn’t it time for a happy story? Enjoy this blog post called “Why We’re Not Afraid of Special Education” from a mother, Amy Corbett Storch. She decided to seek special education support for her young son, and couldn’t be happier.

There was a lot of concern over the "labels" in his "permanent files" and teachers "judging" him down the road and pegging him out beforehand as a "problem." Concerns over the "sorts of kids" he'd be calling his peers or if he'd actually be expected to learn anything or "catch up" to the typical students.... It was fairly easy for me to ignore most of that chatter at the time, and it's even easier now.

It’d be easy for me to bring up a bunch of issues: her child is young, his special education needs might be easier to meet than those of another child, he is helped by having an active and loving parent.

But, why do that? Every family and student’s journey through special education is different, and a positive situation is no less valid than a difficult one. I hope the rest of your school year is a good one, Amy!

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A version of this news article first appeared in the On Special Education blog.