When our family is out in the community, people notice us. I have one son who uses a wheelchair. He has a communication device attached to the chair. My other son has some emotional issues. Sometimes he can get quite loud and defiant.
I don’t like a lot of attention, but we just can’t escape it. Over the years, I have learned to deal with it. Over the years, I have also learned people honestly don’t know what to do when they see us. Here are some ideas on how to respond:
Basically, our family is more like yours than you think. We just look at little different on the outside. If you treat my kids like you do other kids in public, you’d learn this pretty quickly. So don’t be scared or uneasy when you see us. Smile and say Hi!
Here is a great article about talking to a parent of a child with a disability.
When you have a kid with a disability or special health-care needs, your priorities shift. It’s funny to compare your priorities from years ago to your priorities today. Here’s how our family changed when we had our daughter, Casey.
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