Talking to Your Children about Disabilities
Be Matter of Fact
If your child comes to you with questions or you notice them observing someone in a mobility device in public, it is good to acknowledge their curiosity. Be clear and concise about what disabilities are and do your best to leave emotion out of it. Always use respectful terminology as children are sponges and mimic our own behavior. It is good to try and keep it light and positive and not make disabled people seem less than an able bodied person.
Explain Mobility Equipment and Other Adaptive Equipment
Kids notice everything and their first experience with a disabled person may be seeing someone using a mobility scooter or wheel chair in a public setting. That is a great moment to explain why this equipment is necessary. Tell them about wheelchairs, scooters, service animals, and ramps. Teach your child that these people also have many similarities to us and to have empathy. Encourage them to help others that may need it but to also ask before doing so.
Teach Empathy and Kindness
To show kindness is one of the most powerful tools a child can be given. Be sure to emphasize the similarities between your child and all humans on this planet. It is great to teach children that all humans are the same no matter how different we appear on the outside.
Get Educated Together
Be prepared for some difficult questions and answer them to the best of your ability. You can’t always have all the answers but be willing to find them together. A great resource we have is information at our finger tips. Be open minded and get informed together.
Looking for more information?
Contact us today to talk about your specific needs and lifestyle, and one of our knowledgeable experts will help you make the right choice in gaining back your freedom.