Additional Needs Parents: Disrupted, Resilient, Vulnerable, Broken, Loving

One of the things about parenting a child or young person with additional needs, is that life is never predictable…  Just when you think that everything is going along quite well, out of nowhere something will happen that turns everything upside down and breaks it apart again.  That this might happen on a fairly regular … Continue reading Additional Needs Parents: Disrupted, Resilient, Vulnerable, Broken, Loving

Are There Children & Young People In The Bible Who Had Additional Needs?

The Bible is packed with stories of people… children, young people, and adults of all ages. We know that today around one in five children and young people have an additional need or disability of some kind, and many will continue to have these additional needs throughout adulthood as well.  If that’s the case now, there … Continue reading Are There Children & Young People In The Bible Who Had Additional Needs?

‘Spiritual Warfare And My Additional/Special Needs Child’

We’re in a battle, whether we like to think about it or not.  Whether you have a faith of any kind, or none, one thing that generally unites us all is a belief that there is good and evil in the world…  and that these two forces are totally and utterly opposed to each other. … Continue reading ‘Spiritual Warfare And My Additional/Special Needs Child’

Children Jesus Met And What They Teach Us About Additional Needs

Jesus met lots of people, engaged with lots of people, helped lots of people during his three years of ministry; some of these, perhaps a surprising number, were children.  Some of the children had additional needs of some kind, although not all, but each of the encounters Jesus had with these children can teach us … Continue reading Children Jesus Met And What They Teach Us About Additional Needs

What The Man With The Withered Hand Teaches Us About Disability And Church

By stretching out our hand in welcome, in love, to everyone, we are doing what Jesus would have us do; and in following his teaching our own lives are healed, and our churches become places of belonging for all.

Children with Additional Needs, Autism ‘Cures’, and Abortion Advice

Oh my days, that’s quite a blog post title isn’t it?  All sorts of controversial topics wrapped up in there too… but it represents a compact summary of a bunch of things that have collided in the news, and in my mind, over the past few days.  Things that have in turn outraged, angered and … Continue reading Children with Additional Needs, Autism ‘Cures’, and Abortion Advice

‘Be Devoted To One Another In Love’

Devoted…  an important word, one which we often hear, and a word that we all probably think we fully understand; but do we?  How truly deep a word is it?  And what might it mean in the context of caring for a child or young person with additional needs; whether as parent, carer, other family … Continue reading ‘Be Devoted To One Another In Love’

‘What Nativity Part For A Disabled Child?’

In case you hadn’t noticed, we’re in nativity season!  A stress fuelled time of rehearsals, costumes, children trying to learn their parts, performances, tears and tantrums (and that’s just the adults!)  Most schools have done theirs now as term ends, while many churches have theirs still to do this coming weekend.  Tensions are running high, … Continue reading ‘What Nativity Part For A Disabled Child?’

‘Jesus At The Pools Of Siloam, Bethesda, And Our Bath!’

A couple of days ago something extraordinary happened… something totally unexpected… something that in its own way was delightful and wonderful…  James had a bath!  An hour-long soak! Now granted, expecting any 15-year-old lad to have a bath isn’t a given… but James isn’t any ordinary 15-year-old.  James is autistic, and also has learning disabilities, … Continue reading ‘Jesus At The Pools Of Siloam, Bethesda, And Our Bath!’

‘Fits, Fear, Faith, Friends, and Facebook’

Last week James, our 15-year-old Autistic son, had a fit;  a full tonic clonic grand mal seizure, something he’s never had before.  It is right up there with the most scary, frightening things I have ever experienced in my life (James knew very little about it himself, thank God)…  Even writing about it now brings … Continue reading ‘Fits, Fear, Faith, Friends, and Facebook’