Elite Healthcare Group has always been committed to an inclusive and diverse culture. Our mission to change the world for children with autism can only be done when we celebrate our differences and live by our value of a level playing field for all.
We believe that it is important to provide families with resources to learn about and help teach children about racism, equality, kindness, and love. All of these are important to building a culture and world of inclusion.
Parents and caregivers can have conversations with their kids as early as preschool because "children can internalize racial bias between the ages of 2 and 4." according to Jacqueline Dougé, M.D. The articles below are age-appropriate guides that can help you speak with your child:
- This Parents.com article explains how families can start a dialogue with their kids about fairness. The article quotes clinical psychologist Allison Briscoe-Smith, Ph.D., who explains that “little kids are very attuned to what’s fair and not fair. That’s a strong basis for discussing injustice.” Each section breaks down how parents can help children of different age groups understand and process what racism is.
- UNICEF posted this article with ideas on how to talk to kids about racism. They offer tips that can help start these important conversations at different stages in a child’s development. They explain that parents may not always have all the answers, and they provide this guide as a supplemental tool.
Everyone enjoys watching videos. Below are three great resources if you want to let your child watch something that helps you get the conversation started:
- Sesame Street released a town hall called Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism. In it, Elmo and his dad, Louie, have an open dialogue about protests and racism with Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, where she answers questions about combating racism and how kids can make a change.
- The Atlantic created a video called How to Talk to Kids About Race in 2018. Author Jemar Tisby narrates it and offers tips for families looking to start talking to their children about race.
- Author Jelani Memory reads his book called A Kids Book About Racism here. This can be a great way to spark conversation with your child and answer questions that they may have.