Apologies

By May 8, 2019 Special Needs

For all parents, there are times when we want to apologize for our child's behavior. For parents with children who have a special need, apologizing is a tricky subject. While apologizing may be warranted due to harmful or disrespectful behavior, having a parent or child apologize for their child's special needs can communicate that their physical or neurological uniqueness is a bad thing and is an intrinsic burden to others. This can damage the child's self-worth. Before seeking an apology from a family for the child's behavior, ask yourself, "Is the behavior directly tied to the child's neurological needs or physical ability?" If so, how can we enter these conversations with abundant grace?

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