I’m catching up and just watched the episode about Emma & her speech issues.
I’m a teacher (credentialed K-12 and I’ve got my Special Ed credential too) and from what I saw, I’d agree that Emma is probably shy, but that’s not the reason for her struggles.
Without going into boring detail, simply put: there is a delay in Emma’s speech because it takes longer for her brain to process speech. When her brain receives incoming speech, as well as what the brain comes up with as output, it takes a wee bit longer than “normal”, but isn’t something that is make or break. Speech therapy (to work on fluency and pronunciation) is an amazing resource and should be coupled with reading. People who regularly read have a larger vocabulary and don’t usually struggle when it comes to verbal communication.
I noticed that Emma said she “couldn’t think of the right words” when it’s her turn to say something. To me, that indicates she understands why she goes to speech therapy.
However, Emma also said she was shy and used that as the reason she is so quiet. I’ve taught middle & high school for 10 years and I know when kiddos are self conscious and try to deflect, especially when they’re worried what their peers might think. Middle schoolers are a lot more empathetic than people would think (trust me!), so I can’t help but wonder if Emma feels more pressure at school or at home when it comes to speech.
It’s possible to be both shy and have a speech delay, but being shy doesn’t cause a deficit in processing speech.
Speaking of speech, listening to Jonah slaughter the English language while concocting some BS story about his math classes was straight up painful. He doesn’t know a noun from an adverb nor is he able to clearly articulate an explanation for his academic suspension. Either give us the real scoop without any exaggerations and half ass answers or don’t engage in the storyline!
Based on my own struggles with math, taking a full course load in college and working at a community college, failing two classes in two semesters doesn’t translate into academic suspension, especially if he allegedly passed every other course he took. There is no rule that says students must pass every math class they take!
The only scenarios that make sense to me:
1. He was on a specific academic track that required a certain level of math proficiency and he couldn’t keep up.
However, if that was the case, it doesn’t mean he couldn’t go back to school.
2. See #1