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What terms are acceptable when referring to a child with special needs?
As we’ve become more and more a part of the hip new subculture known as “special needs families,” one thing has become clear: some people really care about using the “correct” terminology. There are certain words or phrases that, while seemingly innocent or even previously acceptable, can potentially trigger a negative reaction (or at least a correction).
- Disabled vs differently-abled
- Special needs children vs children with special needs
- Special needs vs special powers
- …and more
In this episode, we share our personal opinions on the issue, and give some down-to-earth advice for people who might be trying to navigate through the rough waters of special needs terminology. Here’s a hint: it’s the heart behind the words that really matters.
What words do YOU use to refer to children with special needs? Do you disagree with something we said?
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