As I previously posted on my Instagram account, change must happen and we can start by educating our kids. I feel we need to lead by example. Our children learn, not only from books, but by watching and listening to how we, as parents, are responding to situations. For those of us who are special needs parents, specifically children who are non-verbal, teaching them requires more planning. My son, Michael, is not able to ask the questions. He can’t ask me why or communicate that he is not understanding. Therefore, I asked our BCBA for a list of books or social stories that can assist special needs parents with introducing Race & Ethnicity to children with autism. Again, reading is not enough. Real change should also include modeling acceptance and equality.
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Here is the list of the books:
“The Colors of Us” by Karen Katz
“He’s Got the Whole World in his Hands” by Kadir Nelson
“We’re Different, We’re the Same” – (Sesame Street) by Bobbi Kates
“How Our Skin Sparkles: A Growth Mindset Children’s Book for Global Citizens About Acceptance” by Aditi Wardhan Singh
“Teach Your Dragon About Diversity” by Steve Herman
I hope these books are helpful to you and your children. If you have any additional books you’d like to suggest, please feel free to comment below.