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Thanks to supporters like YOU, I have powerful tools to protect my students with disabilities who are vulnerable to emotional abuse, and my students have learned to speak up for the help they deserve!

“Sixteen-year-old Morgan is on the autism spectrum and has a family with many challenges. My heart sank when he said in a trembling voice, “I need help to throw away the words, ‘I wish you had never been born.’ My mom keeps saying that to me, and it hurts.

I thanked him for remembering the Kidpower lesson to keep asking until you get help. We used Kidpower’s amazing emotional safety tools to practice purging these cruel words from his heart and protect his feelings by saying, “I am proud of who I am!” After just a few minutes, Morgan was sitting taller, smiling, and looking happy for the first time in many weeks.

Yet I knew more was needed. I met with Morgan’s mother, and I used Kidpower’s intervention tools to explain, with compassion, how I understood she felt overwhelmed by Morgan’s situation, but how these words said in frustration were harming her son.

Thank you, Kidpower, for giving me tools to help stop the emotional abuse that was taking away Morgan’s joy! ~ Arnold M., Special Education Teacher

Right now, we have the power to stop much of tomorrow’s abuse with greater awareness, action, and skills. Just knowing how to tell and keep telling can make a world of difference in the safety of our kids. Please make a donation to Kidpower today!

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Published: April 18, 2018   |   Last Updated: April 18, 2018

Kidpower Founder and Executive Irene van der Zande is a master at teaching safety through stories and practices and at inspiring others to do the same. Her child protection and personal safety expertise has been featured by USA Today, CNN, Today Moms, the LA Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Publications include: cartoon-illustrated Kidpower Safety Comics and Kidpower Teaching Books curriculum; Bullying: What Adults Need to Know and Do to Keep Kids Safe; the Relationship Safety Skills Handbook for Teens and Adults; Earliest Teachable Moment: Personal Safety for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers; The Kidpower Book for Caring Adults: Personal Safety, Self-Protection, Confidence, and Advocacy for Young People, and the Amazon Best Seller Doing Right by Our Kids: Protecting Child Safety at All Levels.