Melenie Broyles: Explaining disabilities, illness to your child
(KPLR) – We’ve all been in situations where someone is disabled or sick and we are not certain what to say.
Melenie Broyles with Etiquette Saint Louis joined Margie Ellisor to discuss how to handle this difficult issue.
Broyles said that as adults it is best to remember a few key tips:
- Do not ignore the elephant in the room
- Do not offer treatment advice
- Do offer to make contacts
- Do give information about resources
- Do not compare your story or give a tragic war story
- Do offer to help if you like
- Don’t ask for a health history
When dealing with children, on the other hand, the issue of a person’s appearance will often come up first.
We all dread the moment at a store when our toddler asks us a question about someone else with a health condition in a loud manner.
Broyles said to look for teachable moments before it hits too close to home. Share a story, find a book, notice someone in public and talk once in the car.
Most people understand the innocence of a child. Just do not make too big of a deal of it when it happens. Teach them the same rules we work on for adults.
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