Every parent is probably nervous when their kids go to another school and / or change teachers. The reason behind my nerves with Jaylen is this,  I'm not sending him to school with just a backpack full of school supplies, I'm sending him with a basket of meds and supplies.

I'm leaving him in the hands of someone who probably doesn’t know the different types of seizures he has. Someone who doesn’t know the difference in the way he whines for different things he wants. Someone who would probably get upset because he fights when he gets tube-fed. Someone who doesn’t want to feed him by mouth because of the way he chews or swallows his food even though his favorite thing to do is eat.

It's a lot that goes through my head especially with his behavior being the way it is lately. Who's to say someone won’t get upset and put their hands on him? However, we all know where I’ll be if that happens (lmao)

I said all of this to say, if you happen to see a parent crying today while leaving their kid to school don’t just think they are overreacting it could possibly be they have a child with special needs who are overprotected and hate to leave their special angel in the hands of others even if they are qualified for the job.


Author: Marissa Sweat-Evans

Marissa Sweat – Evans was born in Charleston, South Carolina on September 27th, 1986 to James Sweat and the late Tracy Graham. Marissa is the youngest girl of 6, 2 sisters and 3 brothers. Marissa grew up in Holly Hill, South Carolina where she attended and graduated from Holly Hill Roberts High in the year 2004. Marissa furthered her education by attending Midlands Technical College where she graduated with a certificate in Early Childhood Education in 2017 and an associate degree in Early Childhood Education in 2018. Marissa has been married for 6 years to her husband Terence Evans. Together they have 3 children (Jaylen, Jada and Ny’Asia Evans), Their oldest and only boy, Jaylen has cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and autism. Marissa enjoys volunteering in the special needs community in honor of her son Jaylen. When she had Jaylen, she was clueless about what it took to raise a child with special needs. With the help of her mother, they began looking for resources to assist in the rearing of Jaylen. While on this journey Marissa has met some incredible moms, who share similar stories which empowered her desire to provide inclusive opportunities for the special needs community. Marissa gets a high seeing the smiles on the faces of those who are voiceless. It’s not about recognition for her, it’s about creating opportunities for the voiceless.

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