Have you ever tried body surfing? Think surfing, but without a surfboard or body board, just using your own body to ride the waves. What has this got to do with additional needs parenting? Well, it all depends on the size of the waves!
Surely in this day and age there can’t be anyone who would stop children with additional needs or disabilities, and their families, from being able to access church; anyone who would exclude them from all that church offers; anyone who would prevent them from belonging to the church community, can there? But sadly, this does happen all too often and some of the people responsible might surprise you!
The road to acceptance can be a long one for parents of children with additional/special needs or disability. Some reach it quicker than others, some struggle to get there at all. There are many stops along the way where we can get ‘stuck’… Additional/Special Needs Parenting: Welcome To Holland, Not Italy
Over a year ago I wrote a blog post about James’ favourite ‘Treat Trip’, a tour of his favourite places. Little did I know as I wrote those words that it would be almost the last time that James would go on a ‘Treat Trip’, or any kind of trip, for over a year… A year that has just come dramatically to an end!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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
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?