Monday, December 9, 2013

A dad, an architect and an antique toy collector

Talk About Differences Positively

It’s natural for kids to recognize differences and to try to understand what they observe. Young children typically misinterpret what they see, and need someone to provide clarification with enthusiasm. Answer a child’s questions about people with disabilities openly, and frame responses according to the child's developmental level. Emphasize that a person’s disability comprises a very small part of the person’s identity. For example, point out that a man in a wheelchair may also be a dad, an architect and an antique toy collector. The wheelchair enables the man to move from place to place, and doesn't minimize his value as a person.

paraphrased from Mom.Me

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