Talking to Your Children
Thank-you to Reader Meredith for asking the question that feeds my passion, “How do we teach other children about disabilities?” I LOVE this question. First, let’s remember that it’s so important to do so because your children are the doctors, legislators, educators, caretakers etc. of tomorrow. We also need to remember that our children are being educated with children with disabilities. No time to discuss here but there is plenty of research to support how beneficial that is for everyone. They most likely have a classmate with a disability. A great way to start a conversation would be to ask your child what they think the word disability means and if they know someone with a disability. Remember that disabilities can be invisible. Always try to use positive words or put a positive spin on things. For example, my son doesn’t speak. This doesn’t mean he doesn’t understand. You could ask your child if he thinks Aidan likes it when people talk to him. Sure he does. You can tell by his big smile. Aidan doesn’t walk but he rides a horse and likes to swim. Try to build a bridge between your child and a child with a disability. My child rides the bus to school, loves ice cream, rides a bike etc. I’ve included two idea sheets here. The first are fun family activities to do at home that should spark some good conversations. The second is a guessing game about famous people with disabilities. To anyone living in the Seacoast Area, I would love to come to your after school clubs, brownie troop etc. to lead some disability awareness activities. Email me. Thank-you for starting the conversation.