“Autistic, ADD, ADHD, Epileptic, No Attention, Daydreamer, Slow, Spazz, Dummy” and many times even WORSE. . . Too many kids are given these cruel “labels” before they learn to read.
These are “hurtful terms” with sometimes tragic outcomes. Many children, young adults, and their parents are confronted with these issues daily. What often accompanies these “terms” is peer bullying and restriction from activities! Kids are targeted and again branded by many as having limited capacities in motor skills, emotional comprehension, and too often, intelligence to participate or interact within “normal” activities. This removes this group from normal confidence-building accomplishments. Unfortunately, the spectrums are being expanded by non-vested groups to further attach a label to young kids.
With one broad stroke, a child cannot play in a community rec program or school events. This forces more kids and parents to feel ostracized from mainstream recreation programs. Kids are separated from peers, peers view the kids differently and parents try to cope. In many cases, kids are placed on prescribed medications that may further hamper motor and learning development. This “roller coaster of community diagnosis” further limiting children and telling kids, “You cannot do that, so don’t even try”.
The Bounce Out the Stigma® Project seeks to empower those kids and young adults with special needs who find themselves the VICTIMS of these labels. Children with special needs are confronted with more than enough challenges in life without facing the battle of having perceived limitations.
Far too often, these kids hear, ‘You Can’t’, BEFORE they have even tried! Stigma is a perceived limitation placed in the path of potential success . . . the by-product for children results in shame, fear, isolation, and distrust.