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Opening Doors for Children & Families

WANTED: One Head Start Team

I have been battling what one staff person at ABC Head Start has termed “THE PLAGUE.” I seriously cannot remember when a virus has knocked me out the way this one has. I have currently been sick for 12 days! I feel like a cold/flu remedy commercial; sniffling, sneezing, coughing, aching, stuffy head, fever.

One symptom I developed which is not on the list happens to be in my mind the worst….ready…(cue impending doom music)…I lost my voice. For those of you that know me know this is TORTURE! I always have something to say and, realize now, I love to talk! (My coworkers are thinking ‘You just realized this now?’) Alright I guess I always knew that but until your ability to communicate is taken away from you, you don’t really think about it. Oh and to top it all off after seeing the doctor he says “You need to spend three days in bed.” (Record scratching) WHAT?? I cannot do three days in bed I will go insane!

So I am on day three. In my little world of rest and silence I am bordering insanity but have a lot of time to think! Therefore I have been thinking about how great it would be if I just had a Head Start Team right here with me, to help me figure out how to communicate.

It made me realize how many of the families we work with at ABC Head Start are struggling living in a world where English is not their primary language, or where their circumstances have put them in a place where they struggle to be heard. They come in contact with the beautiful people who work in agencies such as ABC Head Start and with a little support and encouragement they are given a voice. Our Social Workers give parents voices. Our classroom staff give our children who are struggling with language delays, or with English, ways to communicate. All of the professionals at ABC Head Start do their part in opening doors for these families and letting their voices be heard. It blows me always what amazing and powerful work we do!

So I really need a Head Start team! Because if had one I bet I would have the following things in place:

1) My follow-up doctor’s appointment would be scheduled,

2) Transportation to this appointment would be arranged,

3) I would have a menu I could point to that says “I WANT” then many pictures of the various foods and beverages in my home so I could tell my significant other what to bring me,

3) I would have a translator sitting next to me that could understand my version of sign language,

4) I would have someone teaching me actual sign language,

5) And lastly all of this would be a blast because it would be in the form of a game or a song!

 

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