Mom Creates Elf on the Shelf in a Wheelchair for Her Daughter

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A mom has created an inclusive Elf on the Shelf in a wheelchair for her daughter who has spinal muscular atrophy.

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Samantha Lackey decided to get creative with her daughter’s Elf on the Shelf, named Bean, this year.

Samantha wanted to make sure that her 2-year-old daughter, Stella, felt represented by Bean, so she decided to make the Elf a wheelchair.

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Just like Stella, who has spinal muscular atrophy which affects her motor function, Bean uses an ankle-foot outhouses, Good Morning America reports.

And Bean even has his own purple wheelchair like Stella.

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But, that’s not all that Bean the Elf does similarly to Stella…

While taking part in activities in the run up to Christmas, Bean does activities like Stella. For example, Bean the Elf goes rock climbing at occupational therapy and use a nasogastric tube to carries food and medicine to the stomach. 

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Speaking with Good Morning America, Stella’s mom, Samantha explained that they saw Stella’s confidence grow when she saw her first Barbie doll who also uses a wheelchair.

So, since then, they have tried to make Stella feel represented in the toys she plays with and the books she reads.

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Samantha said: “I don’t think she even second guesses that the elf is in a wheelchair because that’s just what she’s so used to.”

“For me to be able to mirror this little elf with her personality, I think she truly appreciates it.”

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She later added: “Yes this is a silly little tradition that I am doing for my daughter for the first time this year, but I truly hope that it starts a conversation that we find really hard to have with our kids.”

“Having a conversation about seeing someone in a wheelchair or seeing someone use a mobility device, it’s hard for us as parents when we’ve never had to have these conversations before, so if you can start it with Elf on the Shelf, why not?”

We think it’s a great idea!

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