Posts Tagged ‘Early Intervention’

Feral Brats?

Thursday, June 25th, 2009


This heartbreaking post from the UK starts with the death of an abused baby boy and goes on to ask how many other lives are in danger because children are being denied early intervention.

Children with serious issues such as autism and attention deficit, as well as neglect, are a relatively new phenomenon for primary schools. The astonishing thing is that, as a last resort, we appear to think that the remedy is to ostracise them.

In doing so, we entirely miss the point. Instead of seizing on inappropriate behaviour as a vital warning signal that the child is an emergency, we reject it. We fail to send the fire engines.

As a special ed teacher I’ve worked with busloads of children who have never gotten help, and as the author suggests, these kids are easy to write off as “feral brats.” Will some teacher think of my four-year-old that way because Regional Center continues to deny him services? Not if his parents can help it.  Fair Hearing, here we come…