Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Teachable Moment

I was chatting with a new friend at the park today and the subject of Joaquin and DS eventually came up. She said she wasn't sure that Joaquin had DS because he seemed so happy. She said that she thought all kids and babies with DS were usually sad and lacked emotion. This was her vision of DS and she said that Joaquin didn't fit that vision.

I was kinda stumped. I thought the misconception was the opposite but it goes to show you that the misconceptions are all over the map. I responded by saying that typically people assume that kids with DS are always happy and reassured her that Joaquin has all sorts of emotions and that he can be sad at times too. I told her that maybe she was mixing up low muscle tone in the face with being a sad, emotionless face. I'm thinking that maybe her vision of the typical open mouth face with the relaxed tongue is what she was referring to. I tried to explain that children with DS are just like any other child. I think it made sense to her...I hope. I hope it was a learning moment for her.

I hope to never pass judgement on people's misconceptions. I hope always to be kind, informative and open when chatting with people about DS. I want to be an advocate not an adversary.

11 comments:

Wendy P said...

It sounds like you said just the right thing. I've never heard that misconception, though!

Adrienne said...

I'm sure you educated her and in a very nice way. Now she knows!

Lisa said...

You are ALWAYS an advocate. <3

stephanie said...

You did a great job! Thanks for speaking for all of us!

Mel said...

It's great you were able to be so open with her. I try to be the same whenever people are interested, but I admit I do struggle sometimes when people are rude.

datri said...

I like that you are able to not be offended at people's misconceptions. Wonderful way to set people straight.

sheree said...

well that is interesting. You always do a great job in advocating and informing!!

Lisa said...

You did a great job. I feel the same way about trying to educate in a kind way...

Sharon said...

Hmmm...never heard that one before. You did a great job clearing up her misconception.

Samuels Daddy said...

Yes you did reveal in a great and kind way of letting me know about my misconception. Thank you! Again, I think you are a amazing women and are very blessed to have three beautiful boys.. =)

mauimom said...

We need more of those teachable moments! Thank you!