It’s one of my favorite months of the year! And it’s not because of all things fall, it’s Down Syndrome or Trisomy 21 Awareness month!! My social media feeds light up with beautiful strong brave faces of children and adults who are doing amazing things!
My family is eternally blessed by having several friends with Down Syndrome in our life and we agree that there’s NOTHING DOWN ABOUT IT!
Many people want to help families with kids that have special needs but don’t know where to start. Here are some starting points.
1.Follow & Like Jovial State of Mind on Facebook and @nurseicarly on Instagram
She posts all about shouting their WORTH and parenting children with special needs. Her posts are hilarious and always on point. Seriously you won’t regret it!
2.Watch the videos by Special Books by Special Kids with your children
Chris, the founder, interviews people (mainly children) all over the world who are neurodiverse and gives them a platform to share their thoughts and experiences. Your children will quickly learn not to assume that they know someone by their appearance and will be more apt to friend and include someone who has special needs.
3. Donate your time and money to families or organizations
Friend a family with children who have special needs and:
– be their buddy at church so the parents can enjoy a church service uninterrupted
– learn about their child and what they like and dislike
– offer to bring them meals just because
– leave treats at their door and send a text to let them know you’re thinking about them
– stay tuned for a whole post on other ways you can love families with special needs
Here are some organizations that we like:
- GiGi’s Playhouse– an organization that provides therapy, resources, and support for children with Down Syndrome
- Special Books by Special Kids
- Stay tuned for more organizations in a later post 🙂
Hope you’ve found this helpful! Feel free to email me if you have questions on friending children with special needs but are afraid to ask!