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Helmet Help

Ok, so my kid needs a helmet. Not for all the time but for things like going to the playground it is (hopefully) going to afford her a little extra freedom. I am not in love with this idea but I know it is a necessary evil to keep her safe. Honestly, I'm not really in a place where I necessarily want to talk or blog about it. The feedback I get from people is negative. No one wants to see their kid or anyone they love in a big ugly helmet. Trust me, neither do I. It stigmatizes her. It makes her "weird" and "different".

Any-who, I am posing this to see if anyone out there has found a foam helmet for their special needs kiddos that don't look awful. I hate the "medical" look of most helmets. There has to be something better.

HELP!!!

4 comments:

Jenn 9:53 AM  

I followed a blog a few years ago where one of the girls wore a helmet. The mom put stickers all over it to make it look less medical and more fun. Thanks for writing about all your EI and therapy for your girls. It really helps other parents.

Anonymous 1:38 PM  

I can imagine that your child wearing a protective helmet would be very upsetting. The good news is that at her age, most kids will be very accepting of the difference. If they even ask about it, a simple "it keeps her from hurting her head cause she falls alot" will quell their interest.

I get what you're saying about loathing this predicament. It's a tough pill to swallow. However, I would urge you to seek out some kind of counseling (professional or otherwise) to properly deal with the emotions surrounding your girls' disabilities. The truth is being "different" is not such a big deal for kids, in life, etc. A few stares and some questions from kids, maybe even a little teasing, will not destroy them. In fact, it might have the opposite effect.

But your feelings about it will be very important to them and can fundamentally alter the way they see themselves.

Just my two cents.
~Anon C

Anonymous 2:16 PM  

If you check out websites on helments for babies that have flat heads, they have great ideas on how to decorate helments and make them look fun and cute.

Kristen 8:27 PM  

Thanks Anon. C for caring so much. It is very sweet to know people really are pulling for us. I have thought about it. I promised myself that as soon as the girls start preschool, should all of this still be lingering around like this, I will talk to someone.

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