How Do I Know If My Disabled Child Can Have A Faith?

How do I know if my disabled child can have a faith? It’s a question many parents of children with disabilities ask, but there are clues to find, things Jesus did, ways of understanding how our child responds to God, that give us answers.

When God Speaks: My Journey With Additional Needs Ministry

A few days later, God turned up in the middle of the night… and then I saw an image very clearly in my mind. I remember feeling quite smug, thinking I’d guessed God’s punchline…  I’d guessed wrong!

Jesus Christ: Poor, Child Refugee, Homeless, Disabled?

During his life on earth Jesus challenged the accepted culture of his time, often creating a societal and political storm as he did so.  He was not what many expected the Messiah to be, even though there had been plenty of prophesy that provided more than enough detail of what to expect from him.  He … Continue reading Jesus Christ: Poor, Child Refugee, Homeless, Disabled?

Can You Take Young People With Additional Needs On Overseas Mission?

Going on an overseas mission trip can often be a transforming and life changing experience; offering an opportunity to serve in a very different culture and environment, challenging our worldview and our perceptions of our role in the world.  Taking young people on a short-term mission trip experience can equip them and inspire them for … Continue reading Can You Take Young People With Additional Needs On Overseas Mission?

Little Steps, Big Struggles, Bigger Faith!

We should never take for granted the things that we can do, as for others these things may be terrifyingly difficult.  A seemingly simple thing, like going outside of the house, can be incredibly traumatic for some.  James is one of them… Last year several events collided to place James in the eye of a … Continue reading Little Steps, Big Struggles, Bigger Faith!

Answering Children’s Questions About Additional Needs – With Help From Winnie-the-Pooh!

A question I get asked loads of times is this; “How can I explain additional/special needs to children?”  The answer depends on the context, as there are different ways that this can be responded to, determined by who the answer is meant for.  Are we responding to a question from a child with additional needs … Continue reading Answering Children’s Questions About Additional Needs – With Help From Winnie-the-Pooh!

Parenting A Child With Additional Needs – It Is Well With My Soul

I heard an old hymn rearranged in a new way recently, and it deeply touched me.  The words so powerful, so amazing, impacted me in a new way.  The song had been introduced with the harrowing story of the songwriter, Horatio Spafford, and how against all the odds he was able to write such amazing … Continue reading Parenting A Child With Additional Needs – It Is Well With My Soul

‘Lost Voice Guy’ – A Disability Watershed Moment?

‘Lost Voice Guy' wins Britain's Got Talent On Saturday 2nd June 2018, Lee Ridley, who performs as the comedian ‘Lost Voice Guy’, won the 2018 series of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent.  His win was remarkable for a number of reasons, including that he is the first comedian to do so, but also because he has Cerebral … Continue reading ‘Lost Voice Guy’ – A Disability Watershed Moment?

Additional/Special Needs Parents: Worriers Or Warriors?

Those of us that care for children and young people with additional/special needs, whether as parents/carers, children’s and youth workers, or in other professional roles, become good at expecting the unexpected, anticipating the unpredictable, and dealing with unsurprising surprises! Life is different, no two days are the same, and we get to ride on a … Continue reading Additional/Special Needs Parents: Worriers Or Warriors?

Are Additional/Special Needs Families More Likely To Break Apart?

Additional or special needs parenting is tough, with so much more to cope with than many other families have to deal with.  The stresses and strains of parenting a child with additional needs are 24/7 all year every year and added to the anxiety and even guilt that many parents will experience it can all … Continue reading Are Additional/Special Needs Families More Likely To Break Apart?