Our children deserve healthy, happy lives and parents that believe the best about them. That’s the premise of this book. But, here’s the catch: the way we’ve typically thought about our children with disabilities leading happy, healthy lives and getting their needs met may not have been what’s best for them. In Disability is Natural by Kathie Snow, she asks the question, “isn’t it time for children with disabilities to live happy, fulfilled successful lives, as first-class citizens, included in their homes, schools, and communities?”
No more staying at home instead of going to the mall, the theater, or the restaurant out of embarrassment because your child doesn’t have “appropriate behavior.” No more apologizing for your child’s behavior, especially in front of your child (your children can hear you, you know?). No more separate classrooms because of behaviors. If you want appropriate behaviors, shouldn’t you have your child with children who are behaving appropriately?
She has so many common-sense tips and suggestions as well as her own stories about her child and her own mistakes early on. Her approach is direct and straight-forward. She does not beat around the bush. There are questions for you, as parents, to answer questions and journal within the book so that you can reflect on how you feel about the information you’re receiving.
Give your child the chance to grow, lead a successful life, and believe the best. Your child can do anything. Don’t give up hope. Fight for your child’s right to exist in the world like any other child because, as she says in her book, every child is born included. For more about the book, you can go to this link.
For more immediate information on how to help your child (and, if your like me, for information you can give to your child’s school), you can go to the website at www.disabilityisnatural.com.
I was not paid or compensated in any way to write this review, I just think it’s a really good book.