As a mother to a child with disabilities, I’ve experienced firsthand the questions other children have when it comes to disabilities. But I’ve found that often, children simply need a bit of help to see that a child with disabilities is actually a lot like them—maybe they love candy, birthday parties, or animals, and they want to have fun, have friends, or feel included. And when children recognize this, when they see that they have sameness with someone else, there’s a foundation for a friendship to be born.
This is why I wrote Like Me. A children’s book that follows a sibling of a child with disabilities as they go through their day, it’s a simple story, but the message is incredibly important. Like Me helps kids recognize that all people have different needs and abilities and are equally loved by God and created in his image. This book will give your child an understanding of a different type of family life—going to therapy, making accomodations—but also help them see many relatable comparisons and ways they are same.
My hope is that children will see what a privilege it is to know another person—no matter their abilities—and realize what a gift it is to be friends.
Here’s what your children can learn through this book:
What it looks like to have a sibling with disabilities.
All people are made Imago Dei, in the image of God.
No matter how “other” someone feels we can find a deep, transcendent connection with them.
What therapy is and why children with disabilities need it.
How children can accommodate and include someone with disabilities.
What to do when you don’t understand what someone says or does.
Like Me is now available whereever books are sold. For more information on Like Me and author Laura Wifler, visit LauraWifler.com.