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Thriving in the Midst of Chaos: Parenting With Special Needs Kids

Feb 18, 2021

Episode 77: Shaping Our Children Through Reading With Guest Sara Bradford

In this episode, guest Sara Bradford discusses how children can benefit from reading children’s books about special needs. Her daughter has dyslexia and her older two children, as well as her husband, have autism. She discussed finding out during quarantine that her younger daughter has dyslexia, as school never picked it up. Sara chose to write children’s books about differences to make sure children could see themselves in the books, to explain the conditions they experience, and to provide information to other children. She also found it helpful, since she has physical differences as well, and was bullied for it as a child. She hopes to help discontinue bullying in future generations. Writing her books has inspired her daughter to publish her own book. Her books are written for children in preschool through third grade. Books such as this can help the children to understand their own emotional maturity and the emotional wellbeing of the children with special needs. She would recommend having the teachers read the books to the kids and having them in the class library. Parents can read them as bedtime stories and place them in community libraries.



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