SEG Center Family

Good morning SEG Center family. I pray everyone is well and is healthy. As we continue in this season of a pandemic and uncertainty, I pray that the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will continue to live in our hearts. In this monthly blog, I would love to talk about the obvious which is children returning back to school. SEG Center is a
non-for-profit organization that lives to advocate for children with autism and their caregivers who tirelessly care for them. We’re not a political organization and I’m not here to defend one position versus the other. I’m here as a parent of an autistic child, who as every parent, wants the best for that child. So in this debate of whether children
should return back to school in the midst of a pandemic I have a few concerns I would like to voice in the hopes of sparking a conversation.

Prior to Corona Virus

Prior to the pandemic, Jayson spent half of his day in regular education and the other half in special education. In special education he received occupational therapy and speech therapy. At home he received ABA services. Since the pandemic all of those services came to a screeching halt. I went from being a mom to being a regular education teacher, a special education teacher, an ABA provider, a speech therapist, and an occupational therapist. Just in case you were wondering, I am not trained in any of those professions. But what do we do as moms is we put on our big girl panties and we do what we have to do. But, not having an adequate skill set for these rehabilitative services ultimately hurts Jayson. With all this in mind, the question becomes if and when schools reopen should I send my child back to school? The pros are he returns back to a form of normalcy and he receives adequate professional rehabilitative services. The cons are I’m putting his health, that of his sibling, and his grandparents at risk. My question, I believe, is a simple one; what can be put in place for children requiring special education and rehab services? No parent wants to see harm come to their children but, and this is a big but, for children with IEP, not having them in school face-to-face with teachers could mean the child will not develop the skills necessary to live a full productive life as a child in school and most of all the socialization piece which is so necessary with our kiddos is missing. As of now, Maryland school board has not announced any provisions put into place for special needs children.

Back to school

Let me be honest for a second. I love my children very much but truth be told they need to go back to school! I am thankful that we got through the end of the regular school year in June and we are almost done with ESY (extended school year) online – three more days left, so this momma needs a break. I need a break from being their teachers and their daily activity planners. So what do I do? I know I’m not in this alone. Please leave a comment below and let me know what your plans are for the upcoming school year and if your school districts have put anything in place for your kiddo.
Please stay safe and strong family and you all remain in my prayers!
With much love and God’s peace and grace coming your way,
M.J.