As I get closer to retirement (within the next 2 years), I become more and more intolerant of the lack of help for children in need. I teach grade 3, and it is this year that we begin to identify children with learning, behavioural and emotional difficulties.Yet many times it is too late. We usually know in kindergarten if a child will face challenges in school. We need to act much sooner - not only for that child but for all the children around him or her. Especially if there are emotional/mental health issues, the other children in the class face fallout.
I know first hand from the student with mental health issues I had last year. I was diagnosed with high blood pressure last year (after never having a problem with it before this school year) - a year of daily stress took its toll on me. I know the children in my class faced that same stress. I tried so many times to seek help for him - and the class. Now he is in a behavioural setting. Too late in my estimation.
I want to take a stronger stand and seek ways - at school, board, municipal and provincial levels -to help children in need, earlier and with more methods that will actually help children and their families. If we don't act sooner, we will be paying a much greater price down the road.
As Jamie says:
"You can be a maker of magic and a tender of wishes. It’s easy. Answer the wish prompt above on your blog . Support wishes by visiting other participants. It’s that simple. There is great power in wishing together."