Re: Question for Parents of Autistic/special needs children
I think we are so fortunate to have DD around lots of special needs children...we have friends with autism, severe hearing loss (has a semi-functioning Cochlear implant b/c his tiny head is too small to hold the whole thing!), speech imparments, kids and adults in wheelchairs, cerebral palsy...it has REALLY taught my daughter that being different is okay. Some of our friends steer clear of those with disablities, but we don't...I encourage her not to stare, but asking questions is just fine. We find out the right answers and don't try to explain anything away. She has learned rudimentary signing to be able to communicate with her deaf friend - and so have we! I think you did a fine job. What the other posters said was great advice (for me too) -that your child shouldn't feel he HAS to play with anyone, but to encourage them to play as much as they are comfortable.
Stephanie, PT-SAHM/WOHM to Lily Beth (6.5) and Hutch (3)