I've been teaching Preschool Special Education almost all of my working career. I spend my time with children who will not remember me. It used to bother me, but then I realized that I don't work for the children-- I work for their parents. If I can give a parent a good start down that long dark road of special educational services (and for some families it will be a forever road) then I'm doing it right. If I show them how it should be and what they should expect then I'm ahead of the game. Sometimes they come back and thank me. This came in my email yesterday:
"I have YOU to personally thank for getting into that program. You personally were the only one who brought up the school. Thank God you put it in my ear. It is going great for Jay. His facilitator has a Masters in Special Ed. She is fabulous and is even willing to learn his play therapy. (appointments scheduled.) On a personal note, I have seen great improvements in Jay- in a wider range of interests, manners ("No thank you, " " I don't care for that…" etc. He is growing by leaps and bounds and it is exciting to see him in a place that is equipped and used to kids like him. They have a sensory room- as you know- and have lots of kids with sensory issues.
God Bless you and thank you for caring. Because of a kind and interested person like YOU- we found help for Jay. I had not heard about it from anyone else…..really…thank you a million and know you have changed your lives. Tonight when you go to bed, know that God is smiling at you because you have changed the life of a child.
All My Best,
Yeah, I'm wiping off the tears.