It’s that time again, kiddos are going back to school.
I mentioned in previous posts that due to a difficult birth, my parents were informed by doctors that there was a strong possibility I may have a disability. By them knowing this, they had me assessed at a young age.
I truly believe if my parents had not proceeded with an assessment when I was young, I wouldn’t be as successful as I am today. Assessments are not meant to hold a child back, instead, its purpose is to detect their strengths and weaknesses. The child’s strengths can be detected from the assessment and used as a tool to make them even stronger; so that they can blossom into the best version of themselves.
On the flip side, when a child’s weakness is detected from an assessment, that’s the time to work on it with activities that will eventually strengthen it.
When I was assessed as a youngster, it was detected that I had a very hard time doing physical things and would get frustrated every time someone tried to make me do something that was difficult. Although difficult, my parents encouraged me to take on physical challenges because the results would bring me great rewards. Because detected at a young age, I worked on the physical activities that were hard for me and, found a way to get them done.
On the flip side, one of my strengths was looking at pictures and making up stories and you know how that turned out for me; I’m now known as, blogger-in-chief.
In today’s world, more children seem to be on the autism spectrum. This could be devasting news especially for new parents. If assessed at a young age, the grim outcome often associated with this disability can be turned around in-order to assure bright futures for the individual.
I’m aware the thought of getting a child assessed can be daunting, but take it from me, I’m living proof this educational instrument is very helpful. It helps line a path for a child to begin to follow for continued growth.
Parents are truly a child’s first teacher, so if you detect your child may be delayed in areas that should come naturally, have him or her assessed. The earlier you do, the better.
To learn more information on Goodwill Easterseals Miami Valley’s Child Screening Program, click on the link below.
As you gear-up for a new school year, you may want to consider having your child asses. Begin your child on the path to success today.