I didn’t manage to post a Tuesday Topic last week and I missed hearing all of you share your great thoughts and encouraging words. This week’s question is from Gwen who wrote,
I would love to hear some discussion about how to deal with other children’s perceptions (and, often, rejection) of our special needs kids.
My school-aged children have lingering orphanage behaviours, and we often see these behaviours alienate our children from their peers. When they gorge their school lunches in front of classmates, or when they are confronted with a triggering situation and emotionally regress into preschool behaviours, their friends are confused and uncomfortable.
Although there were dozens of play date invitations for my children when they first joined our family, we have watched all these invitations dwindle away to nothing. My children never get invited to parties or play dates anymore, and the other kids think that they’re “weird,” and shun them. It’s not that their peers are deliberately being unkind, but my children’s behaviours can be very off-putting, and are understandably embarrassing for their peers to watch.
My kids notice, of course, and they want to know why this is happening. While I understand the reasoning of these other kids and their parents, I don’t know how to talk to my kids about this in a way that doesn’t hurt their fragile self-esteem.
Please take a moment to leave a comment or encouraging word for Gwen. I would love to hear your thoughts.
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