Earlier I made the normal, everyday trip to my boys’ school to pick up Noo Bear from nursery. This is possibly the best part of my day, I get squeals of excitement from my youngest, as if he hasn’t seen me for a week and that me standing there is a complete surprise rather than an everyday occurrence!
After the usual cuddles the nursery teacher asked if she could have a quick chat with me, she is rather concerned about Bear’s speech…
This has been a rather touchy subject for me over the past year. I had been worried about this for a fair while and had approached Bear’s health visitor, his doctor and the head of nursery at his previous school – we moved to a different area and school a few weeks before the summer holidays – and was repeatedly told that there was nothing to worry about, that Bear’s speech would sort itself out as he got older. I wasn’t too convinced about this so every few weeks I would bring it to their attention again, I was always greeted with the same response.
Shortly after we moved we were visited by a lovely lady from a scheme that had been following Noo Bear’s progress from birth, every so often she’d come by and assess his development. This time she had a set of tests for him, throughout these tests Noo Bear excelled, she was amazed at how advanced he was for his age but did make a note that he was struggling with his speech a little. Again I went back to his doctor, told them that I wanted something doing about it and that I wasn’t going to take no for an answer, I was told that because we had moved we were no longer in the catchment area. Noo Bear would need to be registered at a closer surgery, to get a new health visitor and that I would need to tell them about my concerns over his speech.
So now I am still waiting for him to be assigned a health visitor, to get on a waiting list to have an appointment made for Noo Bear to visit a speech therapist. The whole thing is an absolute joke, it’s taken a year for someone else to acknowledge that my son needs help. I am however really grateful that the new school is actually paying attention and trying to help their students. Hopefully with the help from the school we will now get somewhere!