Amber - posted on 07/10/2014 ( 4 moms have responded )
To make a long story short, a nosy neighbor has called DSS on me because my 4 year old son doesn't speak much. Let me explain why I am not concerned with his speech. Me, my brother and my dad all started talking extremely late. We all started really talking around the age of 5. Once we started, we progressed very quickly and have never had any problems.
The DSS worker examined my home and found it to be very clean with plenty of food, working smoke detectors, plenty of clothes and toys for the kids. She found absolutely no problems with my home. Her only concern was with my son's speech.
He has access to ABC Mouse and various other programs. He knows numbers, letters and can both speak and write them. He does well with flashcards and handwriting workbooks. I have an entire section of my home set up like a mini classroom where he writes and learns.
He says a whole long list of words, and is progressing steadily week by week. I tried to explain this to the DSS worker, but she totally ignored me. I told her about my family history with speech delays and that I am using several curriculums to help him progress. She continued to ignore me and said she referred my name to a speech therapy program.
My question is, do they have the right to force speech therapy on my child? I am doing just fine with the programs I am using, and everyone who personally knows my child has commented on how he has progressed. I do not want to use any DSS referred program and want to make sure what my rights are as far as refusing them. Any information would be very helpful.
BTW- I am looking for sincere answers. Not personal opinions regarding my choices.