This is the second post in a short series about Whitney's little brother Liam and how our adventures have made his life unique. In part one, I mentioned how the little guy has had to adjust to a double standard in our house regarding speech. He still doesn't understand why we require him to speak as well as sign. Big sister only has to sign. But he's a good sport and he's improving in both areas.
Liam's life will be different than his little friends around the neighborhood because of his relationship with Whitney. It'll be challenging at times but I prefer to think of his life as richer than others for the experiences he'll have. One day I hope he'll agree with me on that.
But we're not leaving his feelings on the matter to fate. Melanie has done some research into a great preschool opportunity for Liam. Each early intervention class here in Utah has a couple of developmentally typical children who act as models for the special needs children. The children in the special needs programs all interact, play and have the same lessons together each day. And Liam can be a part of the program earlier than he would qualify for other preschools in our area. We're thinking of starting him out this coming fall, in fact.
The cost of the program is cheap too, $20 a month. He'll be able to continue learning his sign and he'll get more opportunities to be around special children and learn to better relate to them. And did I mention class sizes are small as well?
If it sounds like I'm endorsing this program, that's because I am. If you have a preschool age child who is inline with his or her developmental milestones, why not let him or her be an example for other children? I suspect a program near you has an opening and the rewards for your child will be great.
We're very excited to get Liam started in the program and I promise to report back on how he's doing. I'll also be excited to share how his relationship with his older sister will grow.