The Wall Street Journal ran a terrific article on a problem we all face: juggling the costs associated with treating our kids. Read the full article HERE.
On a recent drive home from a party, my wife, Amy, asked our soon-to-be 5-year-old daughter who she had played with. With tears in her eyes, our little girl responded that no one had played with her, because, as she told Amy, "they don't understand me."
That doesn't actually capture the real conversation. The words my daughter used weren't nearly so precise. That's because she has a speech disability that impairs her pronunciation. She understands everything she hears, and she always has the appropriate response. Her words, though, are often a challenge to understand.
Our daughter has been enrolled in speech therapy for awhile, but her therapist now wants to triple the number of sessions, which triples our expenses to nearly $1,000 a month, a big dent in our wallet. Our insurance provider won't pay, so all of this is out of our own pocket.
And that gets to the point of this week's column: the cost of a special-needs child.