“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” If only we could go back and tell our younger selves how wrong this statement is. Words hurt, and we all know it. We’ve all been called a name that has stuck with us for years. I’ll never forget the first time someone my age used the word “fat” to describe me. I was nine years old. And it hurt. Maybe not like sticks and stones, but it hurt.
I use words I shouldn’t. I curse like a sailor (I know, super shocking from a perfect Southern Belle like myself), and I love to laugh at inappropriate or shocking jokes. But there are words I refuse to use, phrases I will never repeat, and things I will never say to any person, especially an innocent child.
In the special education world, language and words are even more…
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