All children enter this life with an abundance of needs. They need to be loved, nurtured, fed, clothed and educated along with many other needs to prepare them for life. Children with special needs are those who have a developmental, physical or medical difficulty that requires care beyond that required by their peers. Some cases are more severe than others. Many children are born with a special need while others come about theirs due to an accident, trauma, or illness.

Should their challenges stop them from exploring who they are and reaching their full potential? Absolutely not! All children have their own learning style whether or not they have a special need. An advantage special needs children can have over other children is they haven’t been “trained” to express themselves in “normal” conventional ways. Therefore, they often excel in areas that other kids don’t.

Take billionaire Richard Branson for example. Reading and writing were very difficult for him as a child so his teachers labeled him as lazy and not very clever. Dyslexia at this time was misunderstood, so he didn’t have any books or specialists to help him, nor did his teachers understand his style of learning. While sitting in class at school his mind was constantly thinking of the different things he could do after school. His teachers were frustrated with him and the headmaster of his school told him that in life he would either end up in prison or become a millionaire.

Today Richard Branson is a billionaire entrepreneur. His company, Virgin Group, owns more than 200 companies in over 30 countries. What is the secret to his success?  He will tell you that his dyslexia made him look at the world differently.

Shirley Moulton, M.S., a special education teacher for thirty years, believes “Each child, whether classified with a disability or not, has many talents, abilities, and gifts.”  I agree 100% with Shirley.

Don’t underestimate what they can do and learn. Let them show you what they can do. You will be truly amazed in their individual abilities. Every child is individual in their areas of smart and it’s okay if they have their own timetable! Just be supportive and encourage your child as they explore their areas of strength.

Next week I will be several famous people who have or had a “disability” or challenge and either overcame it or used it to their advantage to grow and be successful. So please come back! Leave a comment at the bottom too. I would love to hear from you.

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