Elementary school is a tender time for children when it comes to learning about the world. They start forming strong opinions about their surroundings, and look to their teachers and parents for guidance. In some classrooms, students have little to no exposure to people with disabilities, which can lead to confusion when they encounter someone who uses a wheelchair, or wears a special helmet, for example.
Kids on the Block is a program that spreads awareness about disabilities (not a 90’s boy band, you’re thinking of New Kids on the Block!). Started in 1977 by a special education teacher, this show features puppets who have Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy, Spina Bifida, Autism, Muscular Dystrophy, and more. The curricula covers a variety of topics related to disabilities, such as medical and social concerns.
Each puppet is approximately 3 to 4 feet tall, and has its own unique background story. Children watching the show are encouraged to participate by asking the puppet questions they may have. Kids on the Block includes all the program materials you need for the show, and will even provide training for inexperienced puppeteers.
To learn more about the program, visit Kids on the Block.