Every year that Emily has been integrated into regular education classes I have created either a Shutterfly card or book that I go in at the beginning of the school year and share with the kids. I try to make references to how similar Emily is with the things that she likes to do for fun. I usually try to incorporate some medical details about her and each year I get a little more detailed as the kids get older and can handle and understand so much more. Here are the past few that I have created starting with pre-K. The next blog contains my most recent one for 2nd grade. Please feel free to share this idea or use it yourself!
I was recently searching online for new things to read on topics related to my daughter, Emily. I was on a web site for a local program which is a nationally renowned Minnesota nonprofit that offers high quality, inclusive child care for children of all abilities. As I was poking around on their site I came across a tip sheet on person-first language. I guess to some degree I have thought about this before, but this tip sheet spells everything out so nicely. I tend to use the term special needs child a lot and after reading this quick tip sheet I will change my term to child with special needs. This tip sheet emphasizes the importance of putting the person first and the disability second. This makes sense because a person is not defined by their disability, they are defined by who they are internally. I thought I would post this here to share with you all. I hope it brings value to you as it has to me!
I am a mom who is going through many emotional and spiritual journeys and transformations right now. This is where I want to share them with the world and hopefully help others like me on journeys too.