I don’t blog much about Rhian’s SEN (that’s special educational needs to those who don’t know). There are many reasons for this but the main one is I’m made to feel like a fraud every time I mention it. In a nutshell, this is what happens:

“…my daughter has special needs.”

*look of pity* “Oh, bless her. What does she have?”

“Well she isn’t diagnosed with anything yet, but *symptoms, problems etc*

“Oh.” *walks off*

This really annoys me. In the same way Shakespeare wrote “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet”, people need to start believing that SEN without a diagnosis are just as difficult to deal with. The symptoms are just as limiting.

Namelessness is not a medicine and my child’s needs are just as important as any other’s.

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  1. I feel that way about Joshua. He doesn’t have Asperger’s (on the autism spectrum, in case you are unfamiliar with it), but some of his behaviors/limitations are similar, making life challenging, to say the least. He also has some sensory and social differences. I don’t even try to explain him to people! ;)
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    • I am familiar with Aspergers, it was suggested by teachers and family but the psychologists felt there was another cause. One of them said they try not to label children which I appreciate, but people look at you differently when your child doesn’t have the name to go with the needs.

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