One of the biggest reasons I was nervous about the oral school in KS, as well as one of the reasons we wanted to move back to UT, is that they required EIGHT hours of therapy in a classroom setting everyday for little 3 and 4 year olds. Now, I realize that in a culture of working mothers whose attitude is "kids adapt to being away from mom," that this is no big deal. Heck it's a perk that you get therapy and daycare in one, right?
But I am a stay-at-home mom for a reason. Kids adapt, yes, but that doesn't mean adapting to detachment is good either for the child, the mother, the family, or society as a whole. I don't mean to discourage some mothers who, because of circumstance, simply must work. But shall we refrain from saying that driving safely is better than getting in a car accident just because it might make some people who have been in accidents feel badly about their situation? No. Children belong with Mommies. I used to blow this off, but the longer I am a Mom, the more I believe what I've heard all my life.
Anyway, Utah's oral school for the Deaf only requires 4 hours a day for therapy. Just recently, though, I've even started to get nervous about that.
I just don't understand what a state program can do for my daughter that I can't do from home. Surely the therapy they'd do is something I could duplicate or even surpass, right? I thought this article was particularly interesting.
I know the teachers are good people and I know they're trained specifically for CI recipients. I know their heads are full of education and resources that I don't yet have. But wouldn't acquiring their basic skill set and preserving my mother-daughter relationship with Brynn be better than what their professional skill set could offer?
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