One year anniversary at The Job That Saved Me From New Jersey. Wo0t!
Kids start new daycare tomorrow. Too many reasons why, lets just say that it is really hard sometimes to have a kid with special needs. I fear that nobody but me is ever going to give KidWithIssues the space and support and love she needs to find her way. Its sucky, really. There is little support for parents of kids with special needs. There's NONE for the daycare employees who deal with those kids every day. I wonder if that support were there if my kid might be able to have a more stable environment when it comes to before-and after-school care. I realize her behaviors are difficult (if not impossible) to manage sometimes; I realize her episodes can be frightening and sometimes violent; I realize that the majority of daycare employees are completely unequipped to handle a child like this with any real degree of capability and comfort. Even realizing this, I cannot help being outraged at my child being expelled from her daycare situation. I am so angry on her behalf, angry at her caregivers failing to let her be important. Angry that they are helping to start the chain of failure, the chain that I am trying so desperately hard to combat so that my child will not be at such high risk of so many potentially bad outcomes. It feels like a hopeless battle sometimes.
I wonder if there is a way that I can get involved, maybe find out if anyone is out there working on legislation or programs to help provide child care professionals with resources for special needs kids. The schools have help, but kids are being diagnosed so much younger that I think we need resources and support for the daycares too. Maybe if they had some help kids like mine would not have to have the added burden of being deemed "too much."