Little Steps, Big Struggles, Bigger Faith!

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!

Answering Children’s Questions About Additional Needs – With Help From Winnie-the-Pooh!

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!

Parenting A Child With Additional Needs – It Is Well With My Soul

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

Additional/Special Needs Parents: Worriers Or Warriors?

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?

Are Additional/Special Needs Families More Likely To Break Apart?

Additional or special needs parenting is tough, with so much more to cope with than many other families have to deal with.  The stresses and strains of parenting a child with additional needs are 24/7 all year every year and added to the anxiety and even guilt that many parents will experience it can all … Continue reading Are Additional/Special Needs Families More Likely To Break Apart?

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

‘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’

Autism, Epilepsy, and the one-in-three chance of ‘Both’

Epilepsy Awareness Day, or ‘Purple Day’, is on the 26th March, and this will be the first ‘Purple Day’ since James, our 15-year-old son, added Epilepsy to his growing list of conditions that already included Autism and Learning Disability… It’s been quite a year, quite a journey, as we’ve rapidly learned about a condition that … Continue reading Autism, Epilepsy, and the one-in-three chance of ‘Both’

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

‘Why Additional Needs Parenting Is Like A Poker Game’

Have you ever played poker?  Maybe you’ve played recreationally, as I have, perhaps using tokens, matchsticks, or chocolates for the ‘stake’?  Maybe you’re a more serious poker player, with higher level stakes?  Or maybe you’ve never played the game at all…  this blog post isn’t about the rights or wrongs of playing cards…  but whatever … Continue reading ‘Why Additional Needs Parenting Is Like A Poker Game’