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…
Engineer – this role is in…
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It’s been such a long school term… Early September, with it’s warmth and sunshine, still long days, the garden and countryside still bursting with fruitfulness, it seems a lifetime ago. It’s been a hard few months for James, several Epileptic seizures including some at school, changes to his medication and how to get him to … Continue reading Exhausted, empty and close to tears, but then God did this…
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
“In many ways it was an ordinary day like any other, but it turned into the most extraordinary, transforming, wonderful day of my life. A day I will never forget, a day filled with friendship, faith and an amazing encounter; a day where my life was changed forever. Many years ago, when I was a … Continue reading They Carried Me There, But I Walked Home!
In Mark’s Gospel we meet a boy who is described as having an evil spirit. Reading the account, it is possible that this boy had Epilepsy, and perhaps other additional needs too. So often we read the stories of the encounters that Jesus had with people through the words of first or second hand witnesses to … Continue reading Jesus Heals A Boy With Epilepsy: The Story From The Boy’s Perspective
So many great words have been spoken, or written, down through the years; so many that have stood the test of time and are still used today to inspire, to encourage or to teach. Is it possible that there are three words that are greater than all of the others, and if so who said … Continue reading Why The Greatest Three Words Ever Spoken Are Also The Most Inclusive