In times of uncertainly and times of change it is hard to know what to say. What do we tell our loved ones with learning challenges and communication challenges about what is going on in the world? How do we explain the changes they are facing?
Though the answer will be different for everyone, I would like to encourage you to consider, that in this case, “more is more”. I am not talking about statistics and facts of fear, but our loved ones with learning or communication challenges need to know at least the general reasons why life has changed so drastically.
At times like this I try to put myself in my son’s shoes. If I was a person who had questions I could not ask, and wanted information I was not receiving- what would I want to know? What would give me comfort? What would help me understand?
Studies have confirmed that for people with limited language the quality and quantity of their verbal interactions from others decrease drastically compared with those of us who can communicate more freely. Different studies have shared with us the knowledge that most people can understand far more than they can freely communicate about. So- go with that.
Think about what you would want to know, and at least in general terms, and know that “more is more”, because we all need to understand how we fit into our surroundings and be supported when the rules change. So find a time to share the "why" behind the "what", in a way that our loved ones can understand and receive comfort from. Best to you all today, and always.
Kristin Enriquez has dedicated her life's work to children with learning challenges and helping people work together to realize each student's potential. She is the proud mother of 4 children, one of which has Down syndrome. She is not an experienced blogger, or a professional website creator, but she does "tell it like it is," is a collector of facts, and loves sharing the amazing experiences and knowledge that have found her along the way,