I’ve lost track of the number of people that we have seen that I would consider a specialist for children. Whether it’s a medical doctor of any kind, a special education teacher, a social worker, psychologist, occupational therapist or speech and language pathologist.
Every time we cross paths with someone new and I have to tell them a little bit of our story it’s overwhelming to me. Maybe it’s the sheer vulnerability of having to tell them all the challenges we’ve faced. But, I have a really hard time being confident.
You see I assume all these “specialists” know things. You know, like what is age appropriate and what is normal. But what happens is a lot of times it’s just based on opinions.
So this is where mama bear steps in. When we were first looking for answers I felt so intimidated.
First of all I was a first time mom. I didn’t have a lot of experience around kids and I had a lot of first time mom nerves. So, I would go in with my list of questions and get answers like this is normal and then I’d go home and still not have peace about it but have to ignore my feelings and go on.
What I wish I would have done was pushed more. I wish I would have realized that I’m my child’s best expert. I know her better than anyone else.
You see we finally got help when our daughter was 3 years old, after literally begging my private practice physician for help…help for US (she said Miss Sensory was normal).
Now that I’ve learned a thing or two. I’ve realized that I am an expert, an expert in my daughter. A lot of times medical professionals and teachers are unaware of sensory processing disorder. So realizing that I am the expert in all things Miss Sensory has given me the confidence to face all the “experts” we come across.