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Олена Зеленська

How to talk to parents of children who have disabilities/psychological conditions or medical conditions


Sometimes, people with the intention to support others can be very careless.

For example, they may express doubt that the child has a disease or a disability.

Try not to give unsolicited advice and do not question the actions of parents who care for their child 24/7.

Be patient and do not interfere or scold parents if you see their child shouting in public or making movements that seem strange to you. After all, you may not know for sure what is the manifestation of such behavior.

When communicating with parents of children with disabilities, avoid phrases full of pity and sympathy, as well as treating them as heroes. Parents of children with disabilities or children with mental disabilities should feel that their child is as valuable as others. If you meet such a family, talk to the child and not just the parents, and discuss their successes with the child themselves.

It is important not to take a child’s disability as a grief that has struck family. And even more so do not dramatize and pity them.

By doing so, we are only increasing stigma against people with disabilities. Disability is not a grief or a burden, it is a part of human life.


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