What Not to Say to a Mom Whose Child Is Being Evaluated for Educational Services
Editor's Note: If you've ever had to have your child tested for special services, you may be able to relate to Emily's post at The SAHMnabulist. While the person administering the test might try to speak in a clinical, unemotional way, some of the things that are said can really rub a parent the wrong way. Emily addresses some of these, acknowledging that some of them are her own issues as a Mama Bear too. -Jenna
1. "Because he was uncooperative on the test, we have to regard him as being behind on receptive language."
Huh? Because he was uncooperative, you have no results. That doesn't mean he's lacking in receptive language; it means he didn't want to play that particular game. I recognize that school districts are bureaucratic animals and that the scientific method does not fit anywhere into that worldview, but no results does not equal negative results.