Many times families are considering a preschool program because they are having some concerns. They might have an only child and be worried about socializing more. They might not be sure if their child is communicating as well as the "should be" for their age group. They might be wondering if they are doing well enough on letter recognition, or colors, or counting or, or, or.
But at the same time many families are worried about talking to their pediatrician about any questions or concerns, and they want to put off until "later" those discussions. And sometimes it's because they are afraid they are going to hear a "diagnosis" of some kind, and they aren't ready for that, or they fear a label.
I really, strongly, want to encourage you to ask sooner, and not wait. Here's why - VERY often the issue is something that can be corrected or improved with early intervention. You are actually helping your child, your family, and yourself (all those in your head worries) when you get some help. When we don't know, we often paint a bigger problem than really exists.
We know for a fact that the earlier intervention happens, it builds your child's skills and confidence levels. And intervention can mean anything from play therapy, to a hearing check, or an eye exam - and believe it or not, even a ear nose and throat visit can solve an issue. Maybe it's gross motor skills and it simply means you practice more movement together. Or fine motor skills and you buy more art supplies to encourage more drawing and building those little muscles in their hands.
Don't jump to worst case scenario, and don't put off a professional opinion. We all know the saying "when you know better, you do better" and it's sure true about parenting. None of us got a workbook with all of the answers, none of us; and when something new or different is happening, we need resources.
And spoiler alert, from a granny who is 55, with two grown kids and three grands - we never have all the answers, we always need resources, and it's always shifting - yes even now. But I am a better mom, I am a better granny, and I hope that a year from now I will be even better. It's a long journey that doesn't end with diapers, or terrible twos, or preschool, or high school or....
Until next time, take care of you!
PS if you want a resource, here's one to look through.
Director of Over The Bay Pre-K