The need to teach children cultural awareness and diversity is getting a lot of attention these days in light of recent national events. As you search for ways to mold your child in culturally-sensitive ways, you’ll find many wonderful resources. One learning system stands out from the others: Montessori and cultural awareness have always gone hand in hand. To teach children diversity, the most important first step is to expose them to diversity, to give them a solid foundation to work from. At Mindful & Modern ABA Therapies, we do that and much more.
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Teach children diversity at a young age
Many parents believe that raising a child to be “color-blind” is a good thing, but in reality, ignoring race does not give your child a solid foundation for developing cultural awareness. It is important to talk to children about race beginning at a young age– from as early as age three. Children are naturally curious about the way that people look and the differences among people. Making sure they understand these differences helps them to make sense of the world. By opening a child’s eyes to differences, they can learn to accept and value the richness of cultural diversity in the world.
How does Montessori teach children cultural awareness?
Montessori environments are designed with diversity and connection to the wider world in mind– culture is built into the curriculum. Children learn cultural awareness through hands-on activities, visual prompts, and culture-specific music, foods, and arts. From an early age, children are exposed to concepts and materials designed to illustrate that the world is both diverse and interconnected. Children seek and find connections as they learn more about the diversity around the globe.
Mindful and Modern ABA Therapies teaches children to value diversity
In addition to promoting Montessori philosophies about cultural awareness, Mindful and Modern ABA Therapies has a diverse staff. Mindful and Modern ABA Therapies is an African-American-led organization, and our organization’s leadership has always been focused on inclusion and diversity. Exposure to people with different ethnic backgrounds is one of the keystones in developing generalized awareness of ethnic diversity. Our passionate, multicultural staff create an environment of inclusivity and acceptance that leaves a positive impression on the children we work with.
What is the level of cultural diversity among the children at MMAT?
The children who receive therapy at MMAT are a less culturally diverse group than we would like to see. However, this is balanced nicely by the rich diversity of students in the Montessori program. This is one of the reasons why we believe that it is important to maintain an inclusive environment– the cultural crossover that happens between the two groups of children is of tremendous value to the families we serve.
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Ways to teach children about cultural awareness at home
There are many ways to teach children about diversity and cultural awareness at home.
- Children’s books that celebrate diversity help introduce a sense of identity and understanding of the differences in people.
- Introduce your child to cross-cultural experiences through films, art, foods, and events. Have fun while naturally exposing your child to ethnic diversity.
- Teach your child common phrases in other languages is another way to help them recognize diverse cultures.
- Above all, be a good role model by focusing on the strengths and abilities of all people who are different from your child. You will set the tone for their own exploration of diversity in the world.
Get started teaching your child about cultural awareness with MMAT
The first step towards teaching your child about cultural awareness is exposing them to environments that demonstrate diversity. Modern and Mindful ABA Therapies is just such an environment. We invite you to tour the MMAT facility to see if it is a good fit for your family. If you believe that our staff and program is right for your child, then you must schedule an assessment with us to get a clinical diagnosis for your child. During the assessment, a BCBA will spend 15-30 minutes working with and observing your child in order to determine whether they have ASD. Once your child has been diagnosed, the process of being approved by your insurance company begins, and once you are approved, you may enroll your child in therapy. Once your child is enrolled, the BCBA will create a treatment plan specific to your child, and they will be paired with an RBT for their treatment.