Read what the Lead Psychologist from The Apprentice and Survivor says about the SarahBear…
The first response to the SarahBear is shock and perhaps a little horror. Teddy bears are supposed to be cuddly, warm, perfect and nurturing. A teddy bear with prosthesis is shocking. However, children are often fascinated by people with disabilities. All of us remember our parents telling us not to stare at somebody with a disability, but we found it fascinating. Children are also frightened that if there is something wrong with them, they won't be loved. Some children feel too short, too big, too fat, or not attractive enough. Others feel unlovable for different reasons.
The beauty of the SarahBear is that she satisfies a child's curiosity about disabilities while teaching them that a disability does not mean a loss of love. Many people will be able to identify with the SarahBear, being reminded that because there is something wrong it doesn't mean you're not lovable. SarahBear is wonderful not only for children who have lost a limb, but for anyone who somehow feels wounded.
Richard Levak, Ph.D.