What Kids With Special Needs Want To Tell Us And How We Can Help

“It’s just our brains are kinda different, so here’s what we’d like you to know about us…” Some school children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) helped to put a video together to explain a little about themselves, suggesting some ways to understand them better and offering some ways to help them to learn and to … Continue reading What Kids With Special Needs Want To Tell Us And How We Can Help

“Amen! Thanks Batgirl!” – Children With Additional Needs: Communion, Baptism And Serving

There seems to be such a wide disparity of opinion and practice across church denominations, and even within church denominations, about if, when, and how, to include children, young people, and even young adults in communion, baptism, serving in church and other aspects of Christian growth and development.  It's time to challenge the often unwritten … Continue reading “Amen! Thanks Batgirl!” – Children With Additional Needs: Communion, Baptism And Serving

Understanding Sensory Processing Disorder/Difficulties (SPD)

What is a sensory processing disorder?  Occupational Therapist Sheilagh Blyth explains… Sensory processing (sometimes called sensory integration or SI) is a term that refers to the way the body receives and interprets messages from the senses.  Humans have a multitude of senses that help them to gather information about the world around them and people … Continue reading Understanding Sensory Processing Disorder/Difficulties (SPD)

Making Sense Of Our Three ‘Mystery’ Senses!

We have at least eight senses; five that we can all think of, sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch, as well as at least three ‘mystery’ senses that we might not know so much about, including vestibular (balance and movement), proprioception (body awareness), and interoception (awareness of what’s happening inside the body). This article explores these … Continue reading Making Sense Of Our Three ‘Mystery’ Senses!

10 Ways To Belong – A Resource For Every Church

Working with the Methodist Church, Count Everyone In, and through Urban Saints and the Additional Needs Alliance, we've created a document to help churches support children, young people and young adults with additional needs to belong in every church. What should church be like for children, young people and young adults with additional needs and … Continue reading 10 Ways To Belong – A Resource For Every Church

My Journey With Dyspraxia: A Young Persons Story

This week I'm turning my blog over to a first-time guest post from Georgia Peach, a nineteen year old student from Bournemouth, who is about to begin a Bachelor's degree in Paramedic Science at Bristol UWE (University of the West of England) this September. Georgia eloquently shares her story of her journey with dyspraxia... The … Continue reading My Journey With Dyspraxia: A Young Persons Story

Activities To Explore Our Senses And What Jesus Teaches Us About Them

There are eight senses; five that we can all think of, sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch, as well as three that we might not know so much about, vestibular (balance and movement), proprioception (body awareness), and interoception (awareness of what's happening inside the body).  This article explores the first five senses, and provides us with … Continue reading Activities To Explore Our Senses And What Jesus Teaches Us About Them