Kids with Special Needs
Kids with special needs refer to any kid who might need extra help because of medical, emotional, or learning problems. For example, disabled kids need wheelchairs. They not only need the equipment that helps them get around, but they might need to have ramps(斜坡) or elevators available. 36
Kids with an illness would have special needs, too. 37 Kids with sight problems might need Braille books to read. Kids with hearing problems might need hearing aids.
38 It might be harder to do normal things—like learning to read or just getting around school. The good news is that parents, doctors, nurses, teachers, and others can help. The goal is to help kids be as independent as possible.
Other kids also can be a big help. How? By being a friend. Kids who use a wheelchair or have lots of health problems want friends just as you do. But meeting people and making friends can be difficult. 39 Be sure to tell a teacher if you see someone being bullied(欺侮) or teased.
40 You might carry the person’s books or do something simple, such as asking him or her to join you and your friends at lunch. It’s also important not to be “overly helpful” when no help is needed. Why? Because just like you, kids with special needs like to be as independent as they can be.
Being friendly to kids with special needs is one of the best ways to be helpful. As you get to know, they may help you understand what it’s like to be in their shoes. And you’ll be helping fill a very special need, one that everybody has—the need for good friends.
A. Some kids might laugh at or make fun of them.
B. They also might need to get a special bus to school.
C. Life can be challenging for a kid with special needs.
D. It’s good manners to try to offer help to kids with special needs.
E. Also try to be helpful if you know someone with special needs.
F. Kids with special needs usually live a harder life than normal kids.
G. They might need medicine or other help as they go about their daily activities.