The Misunderstood Child: A Poem About Children With Hidden Disabilities

I am posting this poem by Kathy Winters since October is National Sensory Awareness Month and I have two handsome little boys in my life with “hidden disabilities” and a number of family friends who have children with sensory issues as well.

I am the child that looks healthy and fine. I was born with ten fingers and toes. But something is different, somewhere in my mind, And what it is, nobody knows. I am the child that struggles in school, Though they say that I’m perfectly smart. They tell me I’m lazy — can learn if I try — But I don’t seem to know where to start.

I am the child that won’t wear the clothes Which hurt me or bother my feet. I dread sudden noises, can’t handle most smells, And tastes — there are few foods I’ll eat. I am the child that can’t catch the ball And runs with an awkward gait. I am the one chosen last on the team And I cringe as I stand there and wait. I am the child with whom no one will play — The one that gets bullied and teased. I try to fit in and I want to be liked, But nothing I do seems to please.

I am the child that tantrums and freaks Over things that seem petty and trite. You’ll never know how I panic inside, When I’m lost in my anger and fright. I am the child that fidgets and squirms Though I’m told to sit still and be good. Do you think that I choose to be out of control? Don’t you know that I would if I could?

I am the child with the broken heart Though I act like I don’t really care. Perhaps there’s a reason God made me this way — Some message he sent me to share. For I am the child that needs to be loved And accepted and valued too. I am the child that is misunderstood. I am different – but look just like you.

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6 thoughts on “The Misunderstood Child: A Poem About Children With Hidden Disabilities

  1. I have never heard of this. I will have to read up on it more. I have a niece who is struggling and they give her meds that don’t work! I’m thinking they don’t really know what is wrong with her. Thank you, I will check this out.

  2. This is beautiful. We are in the process of “Fostering to Adopt” just such a child. He is sweet, loving, and very gentle most of the time…. it’s just that he sometimes gets overstimulated/overloaded and can’t manage. But he is just as precious, important and LOVED as any of our natural born children, nieces, and nephews. We are blessed to have him in our lives.

  3. I have a child with SPD. Quite simply Thank-you. It is true, nobody sees nor understands. Frustrating there is not a ICD9 code for this. Little to no support with the public school system because of this.

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