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by Shelley M.
dren have moved
to a new, more
school and there
are many children
in their school with
handicaps. This is
a relatively new experience for them and
they are somewhat uncomfortable inter-
acting with disabled students. How can I
help them feel comfortable with their new
classmates? Heather R., Cape Coral
Your children are not alone in their
hesitation to interact with people who
have disabilities. It can be a problem for
many people of all ages. Fortunately,
there are lots of ways that you as a par-
ent can help your children gain a much
better understanding of their disabled
peers and also teach them how to be
comfortable interacting with them.
Dr. Deborah Elbaum, MD, a volunteer
with disability awareness program has
some great suggestions for you. Make
sure that your children have this basic
information about disabilities.
• No two people are the same -- some
differences are just more noticeable.
• A disability is only one character-
istic of a person. People have many
facets: likes and dislikes, strengths and
• Children with disabilities are like all
children in that they want friends, respect
and to be included.
• Children can be born disabled or
become disabled from an accident or ill-
ness. You can't "catch" a disability from
• Just because someone has a physi-
cal disability (when a part or parts of the
body do not work well) does not mean
they necessarily have a cognitive (or
• Children with disabilities can do many
of the things your child does, but it might
take them longer. They may need assis-
tance or adaptive equipment to help them.
• Try to use clear, respectful language
when talking about someone with disabili-
ties. For a younger child, keep explana-
tions simple, such as, "She uses a wheel-
chair because a part of her body does not
work as well as it could."
•Reinforce with your child that name
calling -- even if meant as a joke -- is
always unacceptable as it hurt's people's
Reading or learning about a disability
is a great way to further understand a
child's experiences. It may also help dis-
pel any questions you or your child may
have. Your local library and librarian can
be a great resource for finding age-appro-
priate books and materials.
• Read picture books with younger
children and discuss them afterward.
• Chapter books with characters who
have special needs are appropriate for
older readers. Ask your child about the
book when he or she is done; maybe
you'll be intrigued and read it yourself.
• Some audio-visual materials have
positive portrayals of children with dis-
abilities. Sesame Street, for example,
routinely includes children with disabilities
in their episodes.
• Websites with age-appropriate expla-
nations and activities can be interesting
and fun to explore.
Find out if your child's school offers
any disability-awareness curriculum.
These types of programs teach children
about different disabilities, often through
engaging activities and guest speakers.
Consider volunteering if they need parent
volunteers; it can be a wonderful experi-
ence for both you and the students.
Here are some helpful links for more
Kids' Quest, http://www.cdc.gov/
ncbddd/kids/index.html, National Center
on Birth Defects and Developmental
University of Wisconsin at
Oshkosh bibliography on children's
books about disabilities, http://
Indiana Institute on Disability and
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