5 Significant Special Needs Books

Hippocampus Children's Library

Children at some point will encounter people with disabilities. In such situations, they may be inclined to stare, heckle, laugh or make inappropriate comments. They may even be scared sometimes. Siblings of children with disabilities also face a myriad of ambivalent emotions, where they love their sibling but simultaneously feel resentment, and embarrassment about the way their sibling looks or behaves. From another perspective, children with a disability should be helped to accept themselves and celebrate their uniqueness. Hippocampus has identified a few books that are ideal to explore questions about developmental delays and physical and intellectual disabilities that can help sensitize children, and introduce them to world of special needs in a gentle way.

Ian’s walk – A Story about Autism

Writer: Laurie Lears | Illustrator: Karen Ritz

Julie is excited to go to the park with her big sister Tara. She is however, unsure if she wants to…

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