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Learning About Developmental Disabilities
Babies and children learn and develop skills as they grow. Everyone develops at a different rate, but all children typically learn skills like walking, talking, picking up a spoon, dressing, and playing with others at fairly standard ages. Sometimes though a person’s brain causes them to develop differently. If this creates challenges that will continue through a person’s life, we call this a developmental disability. Some people have mild disability and need minimal help. A small number of people have greater challenges and will need support their whole life. People with developmental disabilities have talents, jobs, friendships, hobbies, roommates, families, and more, just the same as all of us. ~Understanding Disabilities teaches about developmental disabilities in fourth grade.
Do you think people with developmental disabilities deserve respect when they work hard at their goals?
Everyone deserves respect for working hard at their goals, including people with developmental disabilities. Everyone also deserves to be proud of their accomplishments.
More to Explore…
Resources for Adults
Whoever You Are, activity to do with your child
Looking Like Me, activity
Keeping up with Roo, book discussion
Origami, activity to do with your child
How much do you know about intellectual disabilities?, Matthew Williams | TEDxVancouver