R has been particularly interested in adults and children who have a disability. When we’re out she stares at those who are different and asks lots of questions: Why can’t they walk? Why is their face different? Why do they act differently? And I explain what disabilities are and also try to bring in the fact that although disabled adults and children may look or act differently, that we need to respect them just as we would respect anyone else.
I spotted this book in the library and read this to the kids last night. I don’t think Z understood but R was really engaged. It is well written and really explains how an autistic child’s world is very different to our own. It sparked off a lot of discussion and I would really recommend it in introducing disabilities to your children.