Hey, how are ya?!
This post is based off some articles I have read this past week about heading back to school, in regards to young children. I feel bad commanding this, but here it goes. Parents of young children or teachers who teach young children:
Please teach your kids that disabled kids, who are the same age, are not aliens.
They are just physically different. However, they are just kids and would love to be treated as everyone else.
Many times, able bodied kids are not properly trained on know how to deal with a peer in a wheelchair. I know this talk between parents and their children can be difficult, but it needs to happen! I urge teachers as well to introduce them to disabled kids earlier.
Disabled kids just want to feel comforted in front of the peers. That way they can shine.
Here is a children’s book, written by Shane Burcaw, helping to address this situation. Shane is a 26-year-old male who suffers from spinal muscular atrophy and has been confined to a wheelchair his entire life. However, he’s a great author and recently released a children’s book introducing wheelchairs to children.
Teach kids young, so one day when they are older they can teach their kids!