I think perhaps the hardest part of having a disability is the attitudinal barriers placed on folks with disabilities by society, but have you ever given thought to the attitudinal barriers that you place on yourself?
Words like can’t in the context of disability, have a negative effect, I mean seriously, how do you know that you can’t do anything unless you’ve tried unsuccessfully first?
I think it’s common place for kids with disabilities to think quickly that they can’t do something, simply because they don’t think to problem solve it before they say they can’t do it. I think our world is so fast-paced at times it is simply easier for us to say we can’t, instead of taking the time to sort out and problem solve how we can do something, because the reality is with most situations, given the time to sort out how one is going to do it themselves is time consuming and sometimes exhausting because the reality is, our world wasn’t built with the first thought being the differentlyabled community.
As parents you need to remember that this is a source of frustration for your child. To say can’t first is easier for our special needs kids is the default for the reasons I have already stated.
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