(You may have noticed that there is no actual video on this post.  That’s because I’m too cheap to pay the $60 my host requires for me to imbed it on my blog.  Don’t get me wrong.  I love WordPress.com.  They host hundreds of thousands of blogs for free, so you really can’t blame them for trying to make a little money.  But I’m too cheap, so you’ll have to actually reach for the mouse or trackpad and click.)  

Click to watch Alicia Arenas' TED Talk.

If you are the parent of both a special needs child AND a typical child, you need to watch this amazing TED Talk by Alicia Arenas – “Recognizing Glass Children”.  If you are a teacher or know a family with both typical and special needs kids, you need to watch it as well.  This is powerful.  It is about the psychology of being the sibling of a child with special needs and how it is in that sibling’s nature to pretend everything is okay inside – when it is not.  This clip is 20 minutes long, but it might just make a huge difference in the life of a “glass child”.   I’m so glad I saw this while my typical daughter is still so young.

4 responses »

  1. Suzanne says:

    Thanks for this. As a glass child myself, I recognized it in my older son. When my younger son finally found a full time place in an ABA school, I started homeschooling my older son so that he will know, one day, that his need for time with me was important enough to make me quit my job and remove him (temporarily) from school so he could get it.

    The time I spend each day, learning, laughing, and playing with him is worth more than gold – hmm, maybe we should be calling them ‘Diamond Children’ because of their inestimable value to us? He may not have special needs but he is certainly a special child.

    ps – keep blogging! I LOVE your writing.

  2. Carrie says:

    Thank you. I have an 8yo with some special needs and delays….and a gifted 5yo. It’s darn impossible to find information about this!

  3. Covert Coviewer says:

    Thank you SO much for sharing this! I teared up a little too much. As a mom of twins – one with PDD-NOS and one without – it touched too many nerves. I’m going to share it with my network, too! Incredible talk.

  4. That was hard to watch, thanks for posting it.

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