Every parent wants their child to have friends, good friends that like them and care for them, friends that they can trust and build healthy relationships with. But what about when our child is disabled, different or diverse? A mother from Neptune Beach Florida, USA, spoke about the overwhelming response she has received after Tweeting … Continue reading Would Someone Be Friends With My Autistic Boy?
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
“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
This week’s blog post is a guest post from Jen Kyriacou, who eloquently tells the story of a recent holiday with her family, including her disabled daughter, Lucy, and offers some helpful, heartfelt and timely guidance for everyone regarding children with disabilities and their families, with eight things we should all understand: So, after a … Continue reading Don’t Be Scared Of My Disabled Child – Guest Post
Who are you... really? Are you just our son, brother, grandson, friend? Are you just a 17-year old young man? Are you just Autistic? Or with Learning Difficulties and Epilepsy? Yes, James, you are all of these things, but are you just what people see you to be? Are you so much more than you … Continue reading Who Are You Really?
Have you ever felt like Nobi*, the mouse in The Lion King that Scar is holding up about to eat... "Life's not fair, is it? You see, I... well, I shall never be King. And you... shall never see the light of another day..." A while ago we had a really tough few days, with … Continue reading “Life’s Not Fair, Is It?” – Additional Needs Parenting And Nobi From ‘The Lion King’
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