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How to Talk to Kids When a Disability Strikes a Loved One

by: Kathi Koll on

When a parent or grandparent has a stroke or other sudden health incident and has become fully or partially disabled, talking to children about it can be a delicate endeavor. The task can be especially challenging if the beloved adult no longer communicates or moves as s/he once did. How should this conversation be approached and what words should a caring adult use? I sat down with Los Angeles-based psychologist Dr. Bonnie Berman to get insights into the best approach. Q: What should a parent consider before speaking to a child about a loved one who has had a stroke or more