There was a child who was vivacious and full of joy, who turned out to have a severe speech and language delay. When she began school, her parents were worried about how she’d go, but such special efforts were made, especially by the permanent teacher aide in her preppie classroom, to connect her socially, that this little girl grew to love school. She was proud to go to big school. When the family moved, this little girl started out at another big school, that made all the promises that care would be taken of her. But they broke these promises, and that little girl went into a psychological downward spiral – she was barely 7 years old.
It began with the reports that she was withdrawing in the classroom, sleeping on the desk and emotional outbursts. On the walk home, she showed signs of being very unregulated and anxious. It took her the whole night to recover. Towards the end of the week, she would be completely frayed and begging not to have to go to school - in tears each morning. It got to the point that her mother felt like she was abusing her child by simply sending her to school.