How do we discuss individuals with disabilities with children?

Опубліковано 7 January 2024 року, о 18:30

Experts from the All-Ukrainian Mental Health Program ‘How Are You?’ recommend starting with the following steps:

Before starting the conversation, focus on your feelings. This will help your child understand their own emotions. It is normal to feel afraid or uncertain.

Start conversations proactively with children to avoid awkward situations when they ask questions.

Do not fear when your child asks open questions. Children under 7 tend to ask questions about things that concern them. Discussing the situation with your child rather than allowing them to imagine and speculate is important.

The explanation should be clear and simple.  For instance, nowadays, many people, including children, use prostheses instead of arms or legs. It is crucial to show respect for them. If you have any questions, please ask me privately, as excessive attention can be uncomfortable for them.