While today may be the official end of Black History Month, we hope that you are inspired to celebrate Black excellence all year long. You can keep the celebration going in many different ways. Here are just a few impactful ways to do so.
Reading about the successes of important historical figures is a great way to continue learning. These are a few of our favorite books showcasing just that. Be sure to click the linked titles to dive into a fun video storytime of each book.
Be a Role Model
You are no doubt already an excellent role model for your child. And when it comes to celebrating Black excellence all year long, you can be one for your child in this respect, too. Simply making them aware of brave chance-takers like those in our book list above and teaching them about all sorts of cultures that may be similar or different to their own are some steps that can make a very big impact.
We too are dedicated to taking steps toward making an impact, as one of our core values is creating a level playing field for all. Through Kintsugi, our powerhouse diversity and inclusion mission, we work to foster a workplace that is equitable, diverse, and inclusive. This mission is truly a vital part of who we are and what we stand for. You can learn all about how we are turning our values into action here.
Teaching your child how to advocate for something that they believe in just like their favorite heroes could be a great way to celebrate and honor Black History Month as well. You can start with teaching them important self-advocacy skills so that they know how to advocate for themselves as well as others. According to the Organization for Autism Research, you can teach your child this skill in a few key ways. You can start by giving them the freedom to make choices such as asking whether they want to play with one toy or another. You can show them that their needs are important by having them take part in planning their own activities, such as with a calendar. You can also encourage them to try doing activities as independently as possible so that they understand the importance of doing things on their own.
We know that advocacy is a crucial skill, which is why we advocate for all children and work towards a level playing field for all. This research demonstrates that the most effective treatment to improve outcomes for children with ASD is through early intervention programs. Despite that, the CDC explains that Black children are less likely to be diagnosed and more likely to miss out on the ABA therapy services and diagnoses that they deserve. Through important trainings and our diversity and inclusion mission, Kintsugi, we are working to eliminate these racial disparities in the ABA field.
We hope that these tips help you and your family celebrate the importance of Black History Month all year long!