Parents hate to admit it when their kid isn’t quite where he should be developmentally. Dads especially seem to have a hard time with this. Hey, that’s my kid. He’s perfect! We had one of those dads in today. We recommended that the child see a speech therapist weekly. We explained that the child has difficulty interacting with his peers because they don’t understand much of what he says. The speech therapist who tested the child said the child is unable to articulate the letter sounds c, d, f, g, j, k, l, p, q, t, v and x. The child’s classroom teacher told about instances when the child couldn’t make himself understood and simply sat on the floor and sobbed in frustration.
The mother’s reaction to this? “Please help my child learn. What do I have to do to get him this aid?”
The father’s reaction to this? “I can understand my kid just fine. Maybe you need to listen better.”
They left the office without signing the papers. We don’t know if they will allow the child to receive services or not.