It has been a busy time for me as I am closing in on finishing my first semester as a doctoral student (how awesome?!). I want to take the time to introduce you to an awesome tool that was create by two moms; talk about some moms with awesome superpowers.
When you have a child who has special needs a whole set of fears and worries enter your mind. The first things we want to do is protect, protect, and protect some more... However, what we really need and want to do is give our child the platform for empowerment.
Heather and Kate have done just that with the creation of Someone Special Books. As a mom of a child with Propionic Acidemia (a rare metabolic condition) and teacher, Heather was inspired to create a tool that allows students to celebrate who they are with their teacher.
"Our books start with a dedication page and then the first half of the books show how these children are like everyone else. We focus on their hobbies and interests. We then introduce the disability/special need/syndrome and talk about how it might affect the child. We leave the last page of the book blank for the parents to write any additional information about their child."
Someone Special Books has also received support from The Epilepsy Foundation and Autism Speaks.
The best is Heather and Kate know the importance of inclusion. They have created a book, Maya Makes a Friend, "is about a little girl who goes to the park and sees another child in a wheelchair. The little girl has questions and her mom encourages her to go talk to the little boy. The two have a great day playing together at the park and become friends. This is a non-personalized book that contains talking points at the end to open the lines of communication and start talking about people of all abilities. "
I encourage you to visit their social media platforms and website:
Be Bold. Be You. Be More.