Special Needs Kids

brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 20,666
A friend of mine posted this message on FB and I thought it was excellent and worth sharing here. Her community apparently is not real supportive of special needs kids. We're very fortunate where I live to have excellent organizations like PRIDE and MORE in our community, folks who work hard to help these kids be a part of, be more accepted in our community by taking them shopping, job coaching and sponsoring social activities. It would be great if more places had organizations and individuals who did that sort of work. I don't have kids of my own but I'll talk to my extended family kids about this myself. Thanks for considering this. The message is:

"I would just like to put this out there! If your kids are not around special needs kids at school and have never been taught that not everyone is the same, then maybe you could take 10 min tonight to explain this to them. Even though they may not be around these kids at school they may see them at church, at the mall, at the grocery store or even at the park. In light of recent events on the exclusion of a child who has autism from participating in a school trip, and a Down Syndrome child being kicked out of dance class because she couldn't keep up, I felt the need to share this. There are boys and girls that nobody invites to fun parties. There are special kids who want to belong to a team but don't get selected because others feel it's more important to win than include these children. Children with special needs are not rare or strange, they only want what everyone else wants: to be accepted !!"
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  • whispering handswhispering hands Under your skinPosts: 13,527
    Awesome!
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  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 20,666

    Awesome!

    :hug:
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  • AafkeAafke Posts: 1,193
    As a mom of two special needs kids, thanks brainlux...

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  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 20,666
    Aafke said:
    As a mom of two special needs kids, thanks brainlux...

    :plus_one:  :hug:
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  • EddieshometownEddieshometown Evanston, ILPosts: 766
    Thanks for posting  My son has autism.  He is starting to do OK in classes but his classmates pretty much ignore him.  It's so sad. 
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  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 20,666

    Thanks for posting  My son has autism.  He is starting to do OK in classes but his classmates pretty much ignore him.  It's so sad. 
    That is sad.  Kids can be cruel.  But some of it is learned behavior as well.  Some adults can't seem to handle being around special needs kids or adults.  There's really no need for that.  I'm no expert on special needs kids.  I did take one brief special needs class to obtain my teaching credential and I did sub a couple of special needs classes but other than that, no special training.  But the average person doesn't need any "training" to interact with most special needs kids or adults.  It's very simple.  You just smile, say "hi" or, "how's it going" or something normal like that.  99% of the time you get a smile and a howdy in return, especially if they've seen you before and know you're cool with them.  If you see a special needs kids doing some work in a job coaching situation and say, "Hey, good job, looks great," you've very likely made that kid's day. 

    I do some thrift store shopping for books and records and often see special needs kids and adults who are in job training (with varying degree in supervision) and for the most part, these are some of the nicest people I run into.  They generally really dig it when someone is friendly toward them, especially when that friendliness is real and  sincere, not a put on.  I'm sure there are exceptions, but generally speaking, it's just that simple.
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  • curmudgeonesscurmudgeoness San DiegoPosts: 1,959
    I think a lot of the behavior that kids demonstrate toward other kids with disabilities is learned. Kids whose parents and teachers had taught and modeled inclusive behavior were much kinder and more patient with my son (who has Tourette Syndrome) than were kids whose parents acted as if my child's disabilities were contagious.

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  • a5pja5pj Hershey PAPosts: 3,082
    Working in schools, it's amazing how many people don't understand why these students or people in general need extra resources, time, accommodations, etc. (Even some teachers). I know we are raising my daughter to understand this, but so many don't because they don't know the struggles since they aren't around it unless they have to see them out.

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