Dealing with reactions to a child who has special needs

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Dealing with reactions to a child who has special needs

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That’s such a personal question. From my own perspective, I believe education is just a great means of helping families who have children with special needs. I would much rather someone come up and ask, “What’s this?” regarding the feeding tube or the tracheotomy or the hearing aid or the glasses or any other aids which the child may have than stare across the playground for 10 minutes – because I have experienced the latter on several occasions. And it’s very, very hard emotionally to deal with. I’ve really enjoyed the children who’ve come up to my son and asked and then engaged with him afterwards and played with my child. And also the adults who’ve taken time out to come and ask. And I think just see it as a means of communication, teaching other people about diversity and that everybody is different.

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British born and living in Los Angeles, Catherine Lacey Dodd is the mother to Reuben Jack, age five, and Callum Andreas, age four. She’s a work at home mama, owner/photographer at Catherine Lacey Photography and creative writer. Reuben, whose name means, "behold a beloved son", has CHARGE syndrome. He has undergone 18 surgeries including two open heart and countless hospitalizations. Callum is his much longed for brother and his best friend. She created the blog, ReubenJackDodd, which tells her family’s journey through thought-provoking words juxtaposed with eye catching imagery and the sweet faces of her two little loves. 

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