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Myths about parenting children with special needs

The aim of our This Is My Child campaign is good old-fashioned consciousness-raising about what it's like to be the parent of a child with special needs.

By Mumsnet HQ | Last updated Mar 20, 2023

This is my child campaign

It also aims to debunk unhelpful - and incorrect - assumptions about how children with special needs behave - and suggests how we can all challenge those assumptions to help alleviate the stress this places on parents.

With our campaign partners, Every Disabled Child Matters, Contact A Family and Mencap, and with help from the National Autistic Society, we've pulled together six common myths about children with special needs.

  • MYTH 1: Behaviour disorders are a fashionable excuse for bad behaviour and poor parenting
  • MYTH 2: If your child has a disability, you're given lots of easily accessible support
  • MYTH 3: People who get disability-related payments for their children are scroungers
  • MYTH 4: Language about special needs doesn't matter
  • MYTH 5: People with autism are unaffectionate geniuses
  • MYTH 6: you can always tell when someone has a disability

August 2013

Last updated: over 1 year ago