Rachel and Ben’s story
It was the most ashamed I’ve ever felt as a mother. My beautiful little boy was slipping behind. Ben had a developmental delay that limited his ability to interact and learn. He wasn’t going to be ready to start school.
I know all too well that life without a good education is hard, but I’d tried everything I could to help him and he wasn’t showing any improvement. We’d seen specialists and were sitting on waiting lists for therapy I couldn’t afford. We weren’t getting anywhere.
It seemed the nearer Ben’s first day of ‘big school’ drew, the further he was from being ready for it.
I know now that learning difficulties are common for kids, but as a single mum I took Ben’s struggles personally. I felt like a failure.
Then we got help from a Mission Australia pre-school with specialist early intervention services. I’ve always believed in my son. It meant the world to me that Mission Australia and their supporters did too.
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“I tried everything but Ben kept falling further behind. I felt like such a failure.” Rachel, Ben’s mum