I think I first heard about Meg Zucker in Parents magazine, or maybe it was on the Today show (and, really, take a moment to check out her interview). Though the specifics escape me now, I was impressed with her writing and her attitude. Meg was born with ectrodactyly, a genetic condition that resulted in having one finger on each hand and one toe on each foot. She is lawyer, a writer, and mother to three children (two with elctrodactyly).
Her blog, “Don’t Hide It, Flaunt It,” is a great one to keep up with because she often opens with a “Preface,” a story from her past about dealing with a difference, and then ties it into a more recent experience. These are not stories of how she struggles or manages with everyday tasks, but most often the attitudes that she faces out in society. It’s illuminating.
Her site also includes “Guest Flaunt” posts which have been written by adults and chronicle their struggles and acceptance. My favorite area though, and one with tremendous clinical value, is “Kids Flaunt.”
This 500 word posts are written primarily by school aged children and cover a wide range of challenges. Though there are a few specific “speech” type posts, just reading through the variety of difficulties faced is empowering. Imagine showing a child a post by someone reflecting on the same issue. Imagine showing a child that every single one of us has a difference, whether it be weight, adoption, Asperger’s syndrome or a stutter.
The site is just slightly difficult to navigate because the posts scroll down indefinitely (and, unfortunately, in Meg’s blog the dates don’t include the year). My suggestion is to go to the “Kids Flaunt” section and do a “find” search of the child’s name to locate a specific post.
The ones I found most helpful to my clinical setting are:
|Adina||Severe articulation/phonology or apraxia|
|Hannah||Brother with autism|
Also, if you look under “Guest Flaunt” and search for “Michelle Veloso,” you will find a post by Henry’s mom (above).
I’ve started a Pinterest board called “Regular People in ExtraOrdinary Lives.” Let me know if you have a link you think should be added!