(You may have noticed that there is no actual video on this post. That’s because I’m too cheap to pay the $60 my host requires for me to imbed it on my blog. Don’t get me wrong. I love WordPress.com. They host hundreds of thousands of blogs for free, so you really can’t blame them for trying to make a little money. But I’m too cheap, so you’ll have to actually reach for the mouse or trackpad and click.)
If you are the parent of both a special needs child AND a typical child, you need to watch this amazing TED Talk by Alicia Arenas – “Recognizing Glass Children”. If you are a teacher or know a family with both typical and special needs kids, you need to watch it as well. This is powerful. It is about the psychology of being the sibling of a child with special needs and how it is in that sibling’s nature to pretend everything is okay inside – when it is not. This clip is 20 minutes long, but it might just make a huge difference in the life of a “glass child”. I’m so glad I saw this while my typical daughter is still so young.