Nope. That won’t work – my mom tried that with me when I was his age. No, my friend told me that they didn’t help at all with her son and it was a waste of time. No – A couple other families told me that their daughters didn’t get any benefit from that at all. Do any of these comments seem relatable? Have you heard any before? Have you stated any yourself?
How about one of these? My friend’s son is the same age and they did XYZ for nearly 2 years with absolutely no improvement. This mom from my kid’s soccer club told me to go have my daughter checked for ABC because their child had the same symptoms and they get all sorts of help now. Does anything stand out to you?
As a local advocate, I have seen my fair share of insurmountable obstacles and emotional reactions from adult to child alike. I have also been witness to incredibly dramatic and impactful, positive outcomes as well – some even other-worldly and almost what some would be deemed miraculous. Wrapped up in all of this emotional reactivity with scores of supports that one can contemplate – what bothers me the most is to bear witness to a child being generalized. As if the child were wearing a stark white t-shirt with ‘’KID” slapped on the front. While that may seem a wee-bit harsh, I want to impart a visual that conceptualizes what I see.
Why does this bother me? Well, this starts many years ago – back to my college days in the medical library. During one of my undergrad classes, we did a journal review that focused on sets of identical twins and studies based on learning, perception, and identities. Since that time and in repeat studies – what has been well documented is that twins have separate and distinct ways that they each individually learn. It has been concluded that twins perceive the world around them in different ways, pattern that information differently, and learn distinctly differently. So, thinking back to the “KID” emblazoned t-shirt – if identical twins perceive their world entirely different than the other twin – doesn’t it stand to reason that each and every single one of us perceives our world different? Different from our family members, our friends, our colleagues, our neighbors, our soccer families, and strangers that we meet? So why would it be plausible to expect exactly the same results and experiences for ourselves, our families, and our children when compared to someone else? Let’s take that “KID” shirt off of the child that we seek supports for.
That initial string of comments that are listed at the very beginning of this post – that was taken from one interaction that I had with a single parent. This particular person was desperate for intervention and wanted to try whatever was available to help a young boy who struggled with multiple issues that hindered his learning. Despite the list of things to ponder and research, no options were considered. What was so interesting to me was that the rationale was based SOLELY on someone else’s experiences. Please don’t take this to mean that the opinion of another is not worthy. In many cases it is – especially in instances of fraud or miscommunications. What I ask of those that I work with is that it be recognized it for what it is. An opinion. I encourage the sharing of a ‘’thank you’’ with the person sharing information; while at the same time still being open to considering the opportunity for your own child and family. Just because something may not have been of great benefit to someone you know does not mean that it cannot be of benefit for you and your child. Take that “KID” t-shirt off your child. Remember, we are all unique.
In the role of advocate, Mrs. Lascano draws upon experiences utilizing sensory motor movement, negotiation/conflict resolution, coaching, positive psychology, drug development, and outside-the-box tools. Connections between Neuro Touch Inc. and other local professionals ensures additional options and resources can be provided to those who are seeking help for a child or family concern.
Neuro Touch Inc. ‘’bridging connections in education’’ www.synapse-sync.org
I was wrongly held against my will while visiting my very ill husband there just because I was very upset about the situation there was no danger to anyone but they said I was suicidal – ridiculous – I have NEVER felt any such thought in my life. They drugged me and took me to a mental hospital. There they kept me for two days – it was worse than a prison. They forced medicine on me and taking blood and having me see a medical doctor. I don’t have a medical issue either! I cried and cried and just wanted to go home be normal and go to work. They forced me to miss work – I am very responsible and have been at my job for 25 years! Then they tried to force me to talk to a doctor the next morning I got home or threatened to call the police on me! They wanted me to fill out “paperwork” which turned out to be joining their website there was a fee for. I finally got out of this as I told them I have no wish to join their website. After, I received a call from their billing office stating that the fee for staying there was $3,000 and I was responsible for $200 – you have got to be kidding me – I told them I would NOT be paying them as I did not choose to visit their facility and they told me they would send it to collections. I wish to dispute my insurance from even paying them – they do not deserve a dime. I also want them to be investigated and a lawyer to pursue them, as this place was supposed to help me but I am traumatized!!!! I am so upset about this. My husband had to leave the hospital that night to go home to care for our dog as we had no one to help – neglecting his own medical issues he was admitted for. They endangered my husband. Please help!!!