Teaching Children About Disabilities

Children say the darndest things, don’t they? Have you ever had your child not-so-quietly ask why the man behind you in the grocery line looks the way he does? Did you just wish there was a trap door beneath your feet so you could have easily escape the situation? You’re not alone. Many parents have faced this situation. Because it’s so common, we reached out to family and child therapists and asked them how they recommend we react in this situation. We also asked them to share their thoughts on how we as parents can teach our children about disabilities beforehand. This is some of their advice. Don’t Overreact to the Question Megan Rigdon of Sunny Day Counseling said, “The first, and probably most important, would be to let children ask questions. When your child sees another child who has a physical or mental disability, they will be curious. They may ask, “Why is that boy being so loud?” or “Why can’t that girl move her arms?” Your instinct as a parent will be to hush … [Read more...]