Later my son was born with some physical needs that required extra doctor care. A year later, we learned that he and his sister had Sensory Integration Disorder. Our weeks were full with physical therapy and speech therapy through the state at the Easter Seals building. We had occupational therapy at the base hospital. We had far more success with the OT, who taught us SI skills.
As a side note, my son was not able to sit up at 6 months. The PT said there was nothing I could do to teach him how to sit. The next day we went to the OT and she said, "Hogwash." She taught me some cool stuff and he was sitting independently in a week. That seemed to be all the stimulus he needed and he was soon crawling, then walking and then running…keeping me busy! Additionally, my children resisted any involvement with the therapists. The time was mainly training time for me, to employ training during teachable moments at home.
Although released from the different therapies for being high functioning, the therapists made sure that I would take on the challenge of continuing training them at home. The therapists really felt the best place for my children was special education services in the public school. I argued that I had seen every single one of those children doomed to a life of boredom and never learning to read well or do math well, much less write. I was certain, with God’s help, I could homeschool my children a little better.
Then we were at our weekly pediatrician appointment for my 3yo son. Dr. Habel was terrific. He was always supportive and helpful. He endured my gazillions of questions about my son’s medical needs from birth. My son has never been in bad enough condition to require too much intervention, but has always required continuity check ups to keep an eye on various issues that could take a turn for the worse. After my son’s exam, the doctor asked if I was going to homeschool my daughter, who was 5. In surprise, I said that yes, that was my hope. He smiled and encouraged me by asking if I was aware of the winner of the recent National Spelling Bee, who was a homeschooler. I was absolutely shocked that he would bring any of this up since he was not a homeschooler himself, that I knew of. Yet, he sealed the deal for me! I had my official support from a medical member whom I deeply respected. His words of encouragement have rung like peals of joyous school bells in my memory ever since.