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Archive for the ‘Special Needs’ Category

Special needs and guilt management

Guilt management and special needs

Special needs and guilt management Guilt management and special needs – hard, hard, hard, hard, hard topic. For most parents, guilt is a big part of their lives anyway. But for a lot of moms and dads who have children with special needs, it can be immobilizing. I’m one of those parents. I have two kids with Down syndrome and I struggle with guilt all the time. Am I doing enough for them? Are there other therapies I don’t know about? Why does that mom…

What about us? A sibling to kids with disabilities shares her needs

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  Please help me welcome my beautiful (almost 15 year old) daughter Elaina as she writes about her experience with having siblings with disabilities. Great job, Elaina! I love you!   What about us? A sibling to kids with disabilities shares her needs By Elaina Marchenko Today, my sister Zoya and I watched Polly and Evie, our two little sisters with disabilities, while my mom went out for a haircut. It being summer we do watch our sisters more often, but we don’t really mind….

Church: 5 reasons why you must minister to families affected by special needs

You must minister to families affected by special needs

Church: 5 reasons why you must minister to families affected by special needs This last weekend, I got to speak to a church about special needs ministry. It was such a valuable time for them and for me, I thought I’d share some key thoughts. Here are 5 reasons why you must minister to families affected by special needs… 1. It’s in the Bible 2 Samuel 9: David and Mephibosheth. David took in his friend Jonathan’s son who had special needs and brought him to eat…

Church: This is how to greet my child who is nonverbal

Nonverbal child greeting

Church: This is how to greet my child who is nonverbal Today I had the pleasure of being a guest on one of the most popular Christian shows on the radio: Midday Connection. The host Lori Neff and I talked about my story (and my book Sun Shine Down), and about the specific challenges and joys in the lives of families affected by special needs. We discussed what churches can do to support children with special needs and their parents and siblings, which got me…

Letting go of self-sabotage

Letting go of self-sabotage on the special needs journey It took Polly, who was born with Down syndrome, a long time to walk. When she was around two and a half years old, her physical therapist loaned us a stander; this wooden contraption that looked like it may have been used for torture at some point in the past, designed to strap kids in while standing upright to build muscle mass, you know, the stuff that is critical for one to stand and walk. Because…