Showing Kindness to Your Special Needs Friends and Family

Do you know anyone who has special needs? Many people, including me, have several love ones that do. If this applies to you, as well, then I want to tell you that it’s important that we take time with those people in our family or group of friends. It truly means a lot to them, when we do.

Since one of my older cousins is deaf, I decided to join the American Sign Language Club so that I can communicate with her better. I was surprised to see that a lot of other students joined because they have a family member or friend who is deaf, as well. This really opened my eyes as to how many people know someone with special needs.

However, a lot of these same people might not know exactly how to bond with them. Maybe they can’t speak, hear, walk, talk, or all of the above. If this is the case, how are you going to have an effective relationship with them?

Well, that’s what I’m here for! Let’s get started!

  1. Learn their needs.

Some special needs people can talk. If this is the case, you can talk to them with words. If you know someone who is deaf, then it might be a good idea to learn sign language. However, if you know someone that cannot talk or sign, chances are they have some other techniques that they use to communicate. Try to take the time to observe their actions, such as things they do when they want something or need you. Trying to learn a person’s unique language and/or needs can make them feel special. It can make you feel really great, as well, for making them feel that way.

2. Spend time with them.

Sometimes, all you have to do is sit down with them. Play the games that they like and try to communicate with them using the best of your ability. This is a great way to show them that you care. Besides, everyone deserves lots of love!

3. Be respectful. They’re humans, too!

So many people are disrespectful when they see a person with special needs. Although, it is a little surprising if we meet someone with a condition that we’ve never seen before. However, try to smile and wave to say “hello,” or just walk away if you aren’t sure of what to do or say.

Also, avoid calling them certain names. I’ve watched shows about little people, and most average-sized people don’t know this, but the term “midget” is actually very offensive, to them. Although some people may have some special needs, they are humans, too. Just be careful about what you do or say in front of and about people, and treat them with kindness, as you would any other person.

Hopefully, you all enjoyed these ways to show kindness to those who have special needs. If you remember nothing else from what I’ve talked about today, remember that people with special needs are just like us: humans! Therefore, please try your best to treat them with kindness and love, as that’s what we all deserve!

Have an amazing day, everyone! ✨

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