KIDS’ PERSPECTIVE PEN PAL CLUB Pen Pals for kids with Special needs

Fri, Jan 29, 2010 - Mon, Mar 1, 2010: 12:30 pm to 1:24 pm


Making the world a better place, onechild at a time.

  Being a pediatric physicaltherapist for the last 11 years, I have met many amazing children andfamilies.  It has been an honor to get toknow, work with and share challenges and accomplishments with all of them.  However, coming to therapy is not the same asthe outside world and I have also heard stories of these children being teased,bullied, left out and have shared their frustration.

 I developed a DisAbility AwarenessProgram in which I go into local classrooms and educate children aboutdifferent disabilities and special needs and how it might be if they had thisin their lives.  A guest speaker who hasa disability ends the presentation, sharing some life experiences andsuggestions on how to treat all children with respect and dignity.  The guest speakers, ages ranging from 7 to 15years, have all come away with increased feelings of empowerment and confidenceand made an incredible impact on the children in the classroom.


This year, I hope to bringthis opportunity and educational experience to many more children by startingthe Kids’ Perspective Pen Pal Club.  Iwould like to pair up 40 children of varying ability levels with able-bodiedpeers so they can all write to each other and learn about each others’ lives,hopes and dreams.  I want them to learnthat children are the same inside in many ways. I hope this interaction will help improve understanding, empathy andinclusion for all children.

 If you or your child isinterested in becoming a pen pal to an able-bodied peer, please fill out andreturn the attached permission slip. You may contact me with any questions.  I hope to have all the children paired up bythe end of January!

Thank you!

 Kris Nakaji

Cell: (408) 757-7698

Fax: (408) 358-1459 

Date:Fri, Jan 29, 2010 - Mon, Mar 1, 2010: 12:30 pm to 1:24 pm


Contact Name:Kris Nakaji
Contact Phone:408-757-7698