What is wrong with him??!

I saw a very nervous family recently. They had so much to say. They clearly knew their son well. They were very proud parents and told detail after detail about what their child COULD do.

Why were they asking for an evaluation?

Turns out, family members had been asking “what is wrong with him?”

NOTHING. There is nothing “wrong with him.” He is an amazing little human.

Not only is he an amazing little human, he is energetic, kind, and engaging. He loves his little brother and charmed me in seconds. He is learning how to communicate. He has some patterns of errors in his speech that impact how much others can understand.

The parents were so relieved that someone else was seeing their son for the awesome kid he is that the dad left the room to DANCE. No lie, he went out of the room to dance.

These parents had spent far too long listening to family and friends who just didn’t understand the power of their (hopefully well meaning) comments. They wanted to help I’m sure BUT….they forgot that this little man has a million amazing qualities.

Kudos to the parents for getting him evaluated because it never hurts to check. Kudos to them for making sure I knew that he is incredible.

Friends and family, it is OK to suggest an evaluation because we know early intervention is key but please, make sure you don’t lose sight of the child, the parents, and the insecurities that come with raising children.

Published by Dr. Miranda Wolff

I am a speech-language pathologist and I specialize in early intervention. I obtained my Masters degree from Penn State University and my Doctorate Degree from Rocky Mountain University of Healthcare Professions. I have worked in a variety of setting but most of my experience is working with preschool aged children. I thought I knew so much about that age and younger until I had my own children! I'm a proud mother of two wonderful boys and while they can be a challenge at times, they help me develop new skills and new ways to approach language development in a functional and motivating way I would never have truly grasped without them. I started this blog in an effort to share and support others while their little ones are growing and learning and also to support my fellow SLPs. I hope you find my posts helpful. My goal is to provide practical ideas and suggestions because I know first hand that setting out to do anything that isn't functional or motivating for you and your children won't give you the results or satisfaction we all hope to obtain while working with our little ones.

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