Yes, I am here to provide a Public Service Announcement on how to be Politically Correct when dealing with the world of Special Needs. Please use this information wisely and with discretion.
Ever see a person or a child who clearly has a medical problem but you don’t know what it is? You know you have. But you can’t go up and say, “What’s your problem?” or “What’s wrong with your kid?” cause that’s rather inappropriate, right? Still something is off and you’re itchin’ to ask.
Well, the proper phraseology is, “What is your diagnosis?” or if you’re a mom talking to another mom, “What's your child’s diagnosis?” This is THE way to find out what is plaguing your mind.
As a mom of a special needs kid talking to another mom or a special needs kid, I’ve got an “in” as far as not being offensive. That's right, I'm hanging with the special needs crowd.
But even though you are not, you too can use this all-important phrase. Just ask with interest and kindness. You’ll be amazed at what you learn.