We were all taught to have an understanding of people of different religions, different ethic backrounds and/or skin color. We also understand that a child is different if they are in a wheel chair, missing a limb, wears hearing aids, is blind, deaf or uses crutches.
What about the child that is OCD, ADHD, ASD? These children will behave and/or interact differently but why are they the ones that are picked on the most? Left out the most? Not included as much?
The number of special needs children continues to increase. How well are we preparing our children to be able to do business with this community? Live in a dorm room with them? Live next door to?
Please don't bash me. I'm just looking to see how other parents view this. Is this something that parents talk about?
Answer by jenn4443 at 6:24 AM on Mar. 9, 2011
Answer by layh41407 at 6:43 AM on Mar. 9, 2011
Answer by SWasson at 6:56 AM on Mar. 9, 2011
Answer by Cosetterose at 7:27 AM on Mar. 9, 2011
Answer by missanc at 8:08 AM on Mar. 9, 2011
My oldest is 6. No, she does not get people with special needs. However, when an opportunity arises, I take it. I want my kids to know that everyone is different and it is okay. I want them to know to that just because someone doesn't have the ability to walk or talk or maybe someone can't sit still because of ADHD, that does not mean that person is a bad person. It just means we need to be more patient with that person. We have to give everyone an opportunity, no matter what we may think is wrong with them.
Answer by krissyvelazquez at 8:47 AM on Mar. 9, 2011
I am working on it with my 4 year old but it is more difficult than I ever expected. She had a little boy in her preschool class who was being evaluated for autism (they moved away) and my daughter would sometimes come home and complain about how Steve was acting up during story time or had a tantrum and how it bothered her. I tried to explain that Steve learned and played different than her and there was nothing wrong with and to try to be his friend, but she didn't really get it. I also have a friend with a son who was diagnosed with autism (high functioning), when we go to their house she doesn't want to play with him because he is mean (which he kind of is). It is really hard because I want her to understand about special needs but I don't want to force her to play with someone who is mean to her. I will continue to work on it and hopefully whhen she is older she will understand.
Answer by lilysmom2607 at 9:16 AM on Mar. 9, 2011
yes my oldest understands fully he has a classmate that is special needs and he is always very willing to help out when and where he can; it doesn't bother any of us if someone lived next to us we would treat them the same way as any other neighbor; we treat every one as an equal; they don't bother me or my children and sometimes the ones that are "special needs, etc" treat people better then the "normal" people--IMO
Answer by Christmaslver68 at 9:35 AM on Mar. 9, 2011
Answer by gemgem at 9:39 AM on Mar. 9, 2011
Yes, my adopted brother (who is only 5 years older than my oldest child) is special needs. We also have friends who have a child with aspergers and so our kids have been around special needs kids all their lives.
Answer by scout_mom at 9:45 AM on Mar. 9, 2011
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