Friday, March 11, 2011

Keeping People in Business

(from Quirky Kids, by Peri Klass and Eileen Costello.)

Every time we went for a new evaluation, the doctor would recommend that we see someone else for yet another evaluation. It never seems to end. Finally, we decided that Gabriel was basically doing reasonably well, and we all needed a break from this constant running around to evaluations and therapies. I don't think many of the therapists ever tell you that your child doesn't need to see them anymore. I am getting suspicious that these kids are keeping a lot of people in business and that, as parents, we need to take some control over our time and money.


  1. For others that comment here, do you think the doctors keep making the recommendations for more evaluations, because they think that is what the parents want?

  2. Hello there,
    I've just found this site and it seems to connect with what I've been writing about for the past two years. If you get a chance, do look over to "Parent's Guide to the Early Years Foundation Stage".
    Frances Laing

  3. Frances, that's an interesting site. I'll provide a true link:

    Parent's Guide to the Early Years Foundation Stage

    Could you write a brief description of what your site is about, for American readers? (For instance, "League Tables" is a mystery to me.) I could use it as a post, and direct readers to your site.

    From what I've read, I gather that the basic problem is that the British gov't is trying to enforce learning standards on extremely young children, ignoring variations in normal development. Is that right?

    Susan Ohanian has confronted some of the same problems in the U.S.: you might be interested in her book What Happened to Recess and Why are Our Kids Struggling in Kindergarten?