What Kids With Special Needs Want Your Child to Know

We’ve all been there: in the supermarket (or the park or the mall) with our little one, when here comes a child in a wheelchair, or one with an obvious physical or mental disability. There’s that brief moment of panic when you think, “please don’t blurt out something that will hurt that little guy’s feelings, or his mom’s!”

Well, here are some tips from a mom who found herself on the receiving end of some of those uncomfortable moments. This may help start the conversation with your kiddo and make us all more open. Take a moment to walk in her shoes with this great article from babble.com. 

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Ellen and Rachel are two old friends and “expert” mamas—one a pediatrician and one a family therapist—with fifty years of parenting experience between them.


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