Josh's Journey
Pre-K: Where it all began.

In August 2004 Josh began pre-kindergarten in public school. He cried every single day that I dropped him off. I kept thinking that he would “get use to it”. He had no identified disabilities at this time, although I did suspect something was wrong, maybe a speech problem. After conferences with the teacher, Josh was referred to the Student Support Team (SST). The pre-k teacher noted that Josh uses “baby talk” and that “Josh has great restraint when approached aggressively by peers and will shut down when he is upset. He is quite truthful without thought to consequences”. I requested a speech evaluation. The county declined the request. I was a college student and working in an after school child care program so I did not have the funds to pursue private testing.