Sending Superheroes to School
Starting school is a very exciting step in children’s lives; how a child’s limb difference is understood and talked about can have a big effect.
You may find that your school has low awareness and understanding if they’ve never taught a child with a limb difference before. Speaking about it early on will ensure that your child’s limb difference is demystified and help it to be positively accepted and understood at their school.
Make sure your teacher understands your child's limb difference
Making an ally out of their teacher can also help the school community to better understand and accept your child’s difference. You can cover the terminology you would like to be used and how your child likes to talk about it their limb difference. Be sure to reinforce your child’s abilities and interests too.
Talk about limb difference with other students
Talking to other students can also help your child’s experience at school. Books are a great way to spread knowledge and open dialogue about uniqueness, inclusion and the beauty of diversity. We’re currently writing a blog post of our top ten so keep an eye out!
My Story: helping explain limb difference
Reach Organisation have produced a lovely little booklet called My Story which children can use to help explain being born with a limb difference to their new friends. You can find it here: https://reach.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/My-Story-Booklet-JULY16-1.pdf
To all our superheroes starting school soon, good luck! And remember how special you are.