The Power of Yet

Labels. Levels. Test scores.

If your child has special needs, you're probably pretty familiar with all of those things.

I'm here to tell you this: don't let labels, levels, and test scores define your child.

Reading those test scores, it can be heartbreaking if you let it.  Seeing norm-referenced scores that basically tell you, "Hey, your kid is way behind their same-aged peers," it physically hurts your heart.

...but I have advice for you.

Your child isn't just a number.  Those scores and labels and levels - don't let them hold you back.  Don't see those things as a final destination - but rather - a starting point.

I think it's all about perspective, really.

They can't talk...yet.

They can't sit at the table...yet.

They can't play with their siblings...yet.

Yet.  So much power in that teeny, tiny word. 

I'm not saying that every single kid out there will talk - because some won't - but we have to have hope.  We have to try, encourage, and hope.

With time, you learn that your child is different - and that's okay.  So they don't do things exactly like their same-aged what?  That doesn't mean that they'll never do it...they just have their own timetable.  I've learned that comparison truly is the thief of joy.  We all get caught up in it from time to time, but don't stay there. 

So encourage your kids.  Help them.  Believe in them.  And remember the power of "yet."


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