Over the past 10 years or so, we have been through many things, as far as special needs parenting goes.
I was looking back on the last decade and I started thinking about something and I thought I would pose this to you folks to see what your experience is.
When Gavin was in kindergarten, he was diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome. Despite having two independent, very repudiable doctors confirm this diagnosis, the kindergarten teacher wouldn’t accept it. I don’t want to drag all that drama up again but you needed some background.
Anyway, this teacher was a complete nut job. She was convinced that Gavin problems were food allergies and would openly express her opinions to Gavin. Gavin became convinced that everytime he ate anything with sugar that he would get sick. Anytime he make a bad choice it was because of yellow dye. The list goes on and on.
She would look over the ingredients of his lunch and decide where or not he could have it. We had no knowledge of this until much later.
My point is that, this woman’s actions have profoundly affected Gavin, even to this day. If he gets a tummy ache, he will say something like, “I must of had to much sugar”.
Many of the dietary issues we have had with him stemmed from this idiot teacher.
It has taken a great deal of therapy over many, many years to begin to overcome this problem.
Gavin is finally doing better now but occasionally we still have problems that resurface.
So my question is, has someone ever said something to your child, regardless of intentions, that has affected them in a way that was very difficult to work past?
Does that make sense?