Some of the most widely loved and memorable animated movies ever made have been created and distributed by Disney and Pixar, now part of the same media company. Many of these movie classics include characters who have, or may possibly have, additional/special needs or disabilities of some kind. Some of these characters, and their stories, … Continue reading Just Keep Swimming: Disabled Characters In Disney Pixar Films
When I woke up this morning, the first thing that struck me was that I had absolutely no idea what the date was or even what day of the week it was. No clue. Next I realised that I’ve experienced that feeling every day over the past few weeks during lockdown, as I’m sure many … Continue reading Lockdown Groundhog Day
There are a range of things that have suddenly appeared and taken over our lives in the past few months, 'Coronavirus', 'COVID-19', 'Social-Distancing', 'Lockdown', 'PPE' and more, and there is so much uncertainty as to if, when and how it's all going to end. But in these strange times that we live in, especially as … Continue reading It’s Time To Start Planning For A Return To Children’s, Youth & Families Work
As one of the most important times in the Christian calendar, Easter is a key teaching time for parents, as well as children's and youth workers. A time to remember, be thankful, and to celebrate what Jesus has done for us all. But the big story of Easter can be difficult for some children and … Continue reading Sensory Easter Story
This might seem like a very odd question to ask in the middle of the worst pandemic to engulf the human population for 100 years, but just like the Spanish Flu pandemic and all other pandemics, plagues and pestilences since the dawn of time, eventually there will be a post COVID-19 world to live in. … Continue reading Post Coronavirus: What Could The ‘New Normal’ Look Like?
Many children are worried about the Coronavirus (also known as Covid-19), and as parents, other family members, or children's and youth workers we are likely to be worried about how to keep them safe. Much of the information circulating at the moment is scary and over-hyped and sensationalised and this can really upset children, especially … Continue reading Coronavirus – Helping Children To Stay Safe
‘Wonder’ – A Review And Study Plan Use this review and study plan alongside the film 'Wonder' to understand better the world of children who are 'different', and their families. This study plan is primarily created to be used with children and young people, e.g. in a youth group setting, but could also easily be … Continue reading ‘Wonder’ – A Review And Study Plan
I am deeply saddened by the number of times that I hear about children with additional needs or disabilities, and their families, being rejected by or excluded from the very place that should be the most welcoming, most inclusive, most loving place of all… church. Stories about families being told “Please try somewhere else, this … Continue reading Would Jesus Be Welcomed At Your Church If He Arrived With Disabled Children?
I’ve shared before about using Lego to tell Bible stories… Here’s some really helpful information from my friend Lynn McCann (Included By Grace) to equip us to do this well and to start the New Year thinking creatively about how we can all use Lego to reach and teach children with additional needs…
Minecraft, Lego, And Additional Needs Children’s Work
Church Children’s Work: Do Age Groups Or Interest Groups Work Best
I’ve been doing Lego Based Therapy with autistic children in my schools for a couple of years now and often deliver training to teachers and care staff in how to run these sessions. I’ve been thinking for some time about how this might be used in a church setting as the children usually love the structure and format of the sessions and their communication skills develop really well in this context.
So what is Lego Based Therapy?
Lego Based Therapy has not been developed by Lego (who don’t endorse it) but by an autism clinic in America. It’s actually a communication, social interaction and problem solving therapy. Here is more information if you’d like to learn about it.
Over 12 weeks the children work in a group of three and take on a ‘job’ with a specific and clear role. There is the…
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Every year we hear the Christmas story, of Mary and Joseph heading to Bethlehem on a donkey, of the innkeeper, angels and shepherds, the wise men, and of course the baby Jesus; but have you ever looked at this story as a metaphor for additional needs families? Here’s a different look at this well-known story … Continue reading How The Christmas Story Is Like The Story Of An Additional Needs Family