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How To Help Your Kids Understand What It Means To Have A Disability

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21. Introduce Your Kids To People With Special Needs
After you’ve taken the time to develop an understanding and empathy for people with different abilities, consider introducing your children to other kids with special needs. Keep things casual so the encounter is positive, as too much attention (and anxiety) given to the meeting may result in unwanted behaviors.

When you introduce the children, be sure to model how your kids should act so they know to not be scared or act differently than they would with other new people. After all, how they see you act around others is how they'll learn to act, too.

And, take into account your child’s age. Some children may be too young to notice another person's disability, so talking through the encounter may not be necessary ahead of time.