“It’s made me comfortable and secure to know that he’s not being treated any different. He’s not being isolated. He’s part of the classroom.”

“When my son was 2 years old, he had a reverse of words. He was talking, but then it started to decrease. We started looking into what was going on. He was tested for Autism, which he doesn’t have, but we couldn’t figure out what was going on.

I was so scared of what I had to deal with and not knowing what was going on. He’s my first child, so everything was brand new. I had to just focus on him and how to help him.

I reached out to a lot of schools, but several rejected us because they didn’t think they could support him. I started to feel frustrated and defeated about finding a school. Eventually, we found EarlyOn and he had an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) to help with his speech delay and some cognitive delays.

After EarlyOn, I was nervous about starting the school search again. I found New St. Paul Head Start, which we started this fall. I was worried about sharing about his speech delays and that he had an IFSP when I went to enroll him at Head Start, but I did it. I had to, so that we would know if this was a good fit and if they could help us. I’m glad I did because they quickly helped him get an Individualized Education Program (IEP), which he needed as a 4-year-old.

The disabilities services manager talked to me about how the services they offered for children with speech impairments while being in a regular classroom. I enrolled him here and he has made amazing progress.

I feel extremely supported. He’s just part of the classroom. He gets speech therapy here and at Children’s Hospital. It’s made me comfortable and secure to know that he’s not being treated any different. He’s not being isolated. At first, he would play off the to side. Now, he’s very open and affectionate. He’s more open to the kids and teachers. He has climbed the ladder from where he started the school year.”

For more information about how Head Start supports children with special needs, click here. You can start the application process here.

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