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Don't Call Me Special: A First Look at Disability (A First Look At...Series) Paperback – November 17, 2005
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"Children have questions and concerns when it comes to physical disabilities, and "Don’t Call Me Special" answers many of them in a tasteful and reassuring way. Kids can learn about types of disabilities, the equipment used to help overcome those disabilities, and how long and fruitful lives are still open to people with disabilities."
Orange County Register, www.ocregister.com
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This delightful picture book explores questions and concerns about disability in a simple and reassuring way. Younger children can find out what a disability is, and learn how people deal with their disabilities to live happy and full lives.
Written by psychotherapist and counselor Pat Thomas, these superb information books promote interaction among children, parents, and teachers on personal, social, and emotional issues.
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Don't call me special is delightful picture book that introduces disabilities meaning to children in preschool through early elementary. The title itself rejects the idea of calling people with disabilities "special" .This book is useful to use with normal kids because it answers all their concerns and questions about why some people look different to them. In addition, it recommends children to not assume things that may not be true about people with disabilities. This book explains for kids that not all people are similar in everything, and all people have strengths and weaknesses; also, it explains that all people may need help if they found difficulties to do things. In this book, a little reader will explore different kind of disabilities and the type of helpful equipment they use. Don't call me special discusses the situation of students with disabilities and where they go to study in past and current time, and how is different between today and in years ago. In a lovely manner, the book asks children to help and accept their peers who have disabilities because they feel angry and sad when they are teased. Furthermore, it tries to make children to realize that having disability is not big matter because in the end people with disabilities could be better than normal people in doing or learning things. Finally, the benefit of this book that it advises children to work and play together because that will help children with disabilities to grow and do what they want without the feeling that they are different from the others.
The good thing about this book, it provides questions to the children to react with the story. Don't call me special has been characterized by attractive illustrations that picture normal children's concerns and questions about people with disabilities. This book is not only directed to teachers in schools but also to parents and adults who work with able-bodied children and children with disabilities. As a teacher for first grade class, I would use this book and read it as story to my students to make them aware about disabilities. Especially, once I expect teaching students with disabilities beside my normal students in the class. This book is not about specific disabilities or their rights, but it provides information to children about disabilities and makes open and comfortable environment for all children.