The best part about being at Partners in Learning is that “typically developing” children are with children who are not. This is what they call inclusion, all children are included. I could not be more excited, and proud to have given my children this opportunity.
The opportunity to learn that someone may look, learn, or talk different than you doesn’t mean that they are different than you. I appreciate inclusion because it teaches my children to stay humble and kind, to look out for someone that may need your help.
I will never forget the day that my son was three years old and we had not been apart of the Partners in Learning family long, when we went to a football game and there was a young man that was on the spirit squad that was running the flag, back and forth across the field. Konnor said ” mom, he is special like my friend —–, but that’s okay because we are all different in someway. Like, I like red and you like pink. We are all different, but kind of the same.”
It took me by surprise that a three year old knew that they were different, but Partners taught him that they are really the same too. They are all kids, who love snuggles, mischief, and playing. They all get into trouble, throw tantrums, and drive their parents crazy. They are just kids. Not labeled by their diagnosis.
So, if your kids are out, or someone you know is pointing out their difference. Please point out how much that they are alike. It’s time that the world became more knowledgeable about not only Down Syndrome, but every person that looks, acts, talks different than what is expected.
“Be the change you want to see in the world.”