Educating others about special needs

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Educating others about special needs

This is a really difficult aspect of having a child with special needs. And your heart really does break at times. But I always put it down to a lack of understanding in education. So I very much feel that my role, if I am asked by a child which I very often am, or an adult, what is this (with regard to the feeding tube) or perhaps his tracheotomy that he had for 3 years, his hearing aid or his glasses. You know, he got the deluxe package medically. I use it as an opportunity to educate, and I used to carry this little card around. If you would like to learn about this child's syndrome, go and have a look. Or explaining what the hearing aid is for. And you find, once people understand, they will say oh, that's cool, and are really happy that you've taken time out to explain. And I'll often find that Ruben ends up teaching kids in the playground how to sign. And it's just a lovely thing, once you have broken that barrier and once you've established that opened communication.

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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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