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Thursday, February 23, 2006

Untouchable

Just a few things:

My boys have been removed from their "resource/transition" class, after another firmly worded letter and a nasty phone call initiated by the "principal". Leaving one to wonder if she may be losing some funding.

The bad news: Twin A, the one with the severe expressive language issues, is being tested for a learning disability. A -OK, because anyone who understands him, knows he could pull one over on them in a heartbeat. The boy is sharp.
The tests are being administered by the District Psychologist.
The problem: The psychologist will, without a doubt, be unable to understand a word Twin A is saying. They won't allow me to translate because of bias concerns (roll my fucking eye balls to Northern Siberia) and I haven't been able to communicate with his awesome Speech Language Pathologist. I have left numerous un-returned voicemails and I am worried that she is getting bogged down in the power struggle.
There are very few non-verbal tests they can give.
If they test him without adequate translation, he will test out at a three year old level and be thrown into ANOTHER "integration" class.
~Sigh~I'm prepared for the fight...Again.

Touch.
Healing touch.
A basic human need.
A mother touching her baby's cheek.
Nerve endings and beginnings.
Skin to skin.
A nuzzle.
A foot rub after a long day.
The gentle pat on the shoulder of a patient who is dying
Because everywhere else hurts too much.
The stroke on a forehead making it possible to deal with the everyday.
My lap, where problems are not allowed admittance.
An embrace that stuns all monsters into a retreat.
My hand, when held, can conquer anything.
With this touch, one is untouchable.
Be touched.

3 Comments:

  • At Saturday, February 25, 2006 7:37:00 AM, Blogger Cjara said…

    ((((((((Keri))))))))))

    I sooooo relate.

    Imho, there should be NO reason why speech should play such a prominent role when evaluating a child. Last time I checked mutes where still able to go to the university.

    Instead of declaring a child disabled because he can't pronounce "sophisticated", they should offer them alternative ways to express themselves.

    Unfortunately our society has no time or patience with individualism. :(

     
  • At Sunday, February 26, 2006 7:52:00 AM, Blogger doug said…

    ~Sigh~I'm prepared for the fight...Again.

    Fuckity Fuck!

    Give em hell.

     
  • At Sunday, February 26, 2006 6:55:00 PM, Blogger Phoebe said…

    Keri, in my psychology of speech class, it seemed to be an already known fact between the professor and one of the students who has twins that some twins develop their language differently than the "norm" at first. It seems to me he's processing all your daily interactions just like Twin B is doing, only he's just storing it for later when he deems it necessary. I believe you when you say he's bright.

     

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