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.