Please Don’t Bully My Boy: A Mom’s Plea
It’s been 2 years since we heard the words Sensory Processing Disorder and 4 years since we welcomed our first child into the world.
Before Korey was ever born I worried about him being stillborn or born prematurely an experience I had gone through with a friend, but I never thought about disabilities. We had scans and tests and everything seemed perfect, but what they don’t tell you is that developmental delays and disorders involving the brain cannot show up on anything, and you just learn one day that everything is not like you expected.
Will Someone Bully Him In School?
Over the past few months of Korey being in preschool I have started noticing that his behavior quirks, saying how much he loves someone and how he tries to please everyone and laughs at everything, are traits that will get him picked on if they continue. I’ve started to become terrified.
I’ll admit it that I did my share of bullying, I pushed some people too far with some subjects and I feel horrible realizing that too late. Now when I see the glee and joy in my son’s eye over something as simple as blowing up a balloon, I tear up because this sort of excitement will cause people to bully him.
Will Children Without Disabilities Bully?
This upcoming Fall, Korey will be going to Pre-K in our district with children without disabilities and in the PM he will be going to Rainbow with children with special needs. It seems so much easier for the PM children to understand that Korey is different and that it’s okay, after all I’ve seen a few meltdowns from the other children.
There’s something comforting in watching another kid have episodes like your child and seeing a parent take care of it. It was my unicorn moment and then I realized that I wasn’t alone. Other parents are out there struggling to get their minds around their child’s sensory processing disorder. We are all in this together and if we can educate other parents to tell their children that different is okay and not to bully other children, we can send our kids off to school with less worry.