A Message that resonatesTraining by Sharing

2018-09-24

 

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A Teacher shares her response to the story of her daughter’s first teacher and prime advocate. Here is a parent’s journey.

At the end of the day, the most overwhelmingkey to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents.- Jane D. Hull

I have been teaching Children with Special Needs for the past ten years, specifically Children with Hearing Impairment, where I got my sign language skills. I myself am a testimony of how hard it is to be in their shoes, as I had the chance to mingle with these remarkable people – both young and old. I have been through a lot of seminars and trainings but until I met her – a motivated mother of a hearing impaired child – Ihave never been so affected as to change my perspective not only as a teacher, but even more so as a mother.

Since I was exposed to the hardships of these children, I was really worried when I got pregnant. I admit that I got a lot of negative thoughts in my mind, especially with my family and friends giving me scenarios of things that can go wrong. My positivity came from my absolute faith that if it was God’s will, He will give me the strength and wisdom to accept it. When my son finally came, by the Grace of God he grew up healthy and strong. At age three, however, I began worrying when he could not express himself well, having difficulties inretrieving the write words and in articulating sentences clearly. I anxiously started telling my husband that we should visit a specialist, but he assured me that everything will work out well.

Being an expat and having to work away from my family, thinking of the condition of my son was a struggle. This was made even worse by my pride as a teacher. Here I was being afraid of how others will find out about my son’s challenges and have them see his  difficulties as a reflection of my effectiveness as a teacher and have them criticize my teaching style. However, little by little I started to accept it and think of ways to help him improve. Thank God that at six years old, his speech is now improving.

In my field, I have encountered a number of parents who seem to be in the same boat. There are those who are finding it hard to see their children’s difficulties; while others, whose children’s challenges are already defined, struggle to help their children just cope with the world. Miss Ruchi’s story is not just an eye-opener but also serves as great motivation for parents (and children) who are lost and losing hope.

She is mother to her daughter, a hearing-impaired child who now goes to a regular school, not just conversing with her friends and teachers, but also dancing and playing the piano. The main instrument of God’s miraclein Prisha’s life has been her mom, Miss Ruchi, who dedicated her life to equipping her little girl to live in the world of the hearing. She did not only accept her child’s situation, but actively searched for a solution. Her daughter’s challenge has led her to be a speech the rapist and staunch advocate of children with disabilities, making her voice heard through different blogs and social media sites.

Her story was so powerful and her sharing sopassionate that the teachers went home with a lot of nuggets of insight. Just some of the things I learned are the following:

  • Ages 0 to 5 are critical years. There is always astage when things are happening. As teachers, we need to keep an eye out for any developmental delays.
  • The first five years is filled with the most life changing experiences in a child’s life. Show the vastness of life’s experiences. Spend the energy, the time, to invest. Then the benefits will be better.
  • The early intervention taps the unpolluted, noncontaminated state. We need to catch them before they form wrong habits. We need to help them create critical learning patterns for their future. The stronger the foundation, the better it gets.
  • Be inspired enough to prepare a good atmosphere.
  • It’s not about us showing off our skills, but them figuring things out for themselves.
  • When handling any difficulties, support groups are important.

The most powerful message she has given me though isthis, “No paid teacher can do what you can do for yourchild.” Looking at my child’s face as I talk, sing and readto him through our video calls, I can really feel howtrue that is.