Cerebral palsy doesn’t define me, when I was a child probably the biggest question my peers would ask was if I missed being able to do certain things. Things that due to the physical limitations I have never experienced or if i have they have been adapted in some way.
Explaining Physical Limitations to a Child
For example sake, I remember my classmate asking me once: if I missed being able to play basketball since I was in a wheelchair. I did my best to explain, that I had played basketball from my wheelchair, But of course there are things that by there nature I either hadn’t done or had yet to find a way to adapt it.
Chances are you won’t need to explain the limitations to the child with a disability. They will figure out what they are capable of all on their own. It’s about helping your child’s peers understand the limitations for your child physically:
they probably won’t be able to keep up
snow and grass are harder to navigate
being physically slower is frustrating (your kid may not admit this, but its the truth)
By allowing your child’s friends to ask questions about what cerebral palsy means for your child it will probably make them forget that your child and their friend is any different from themselves. This is especially true if the kids are able to bond by having similar interests.
if you have any tips about explaining cerebral palsy to other children please share in the comments below
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