Claire Wiegand's Story: 1992 - 1993
At age three, Claire stopped receiving services from Noble Centers, because it was time to start public school. For the first time, a little school bus came to our home to pick Claire up and take her to preschool, where she received OT, PT and Speech, provided by Rise Development Services. She had a good year, due to teachers and aides who loved her. Meanwhile, Jill was growing up and had flown past her sister in terms of development. It was amazing but heartbreaking to see Jill easily gaining skills that Claire had fought to gain and then lost. It was good to know that I could raise a normal daughter. When Claire was younger, so many people tried to explain to me how to raise her -- "Just walk her around the house holding her hand and she'll walk"; "Just make her eat" and "Make her obey you." They didn't realize that I had read all the parenting books and I was doing the right things, but that Claire was very different. However, by now it was pretty obvious that Claire was different, so people were being kinder.
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