When Normal Is the New Weird | Special Needs + Typical Parenting (Belonging Neither Here Nor There)
“If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.” ― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity Many of us hold dual citizenship: Card-carrying creds from the world of Special Needs parenting, and membership in the “normal” world of typically developing children (“Sibs.”) We occupy both...read more
How Special Needs Ministry Benefits Volunteers & Churches | Meet Mr. Nick
In last week’s post, I shared about how Special Needs Ministries are needed to reach the 90% of special needs families who do not attend church. Most simply can’t. I also shared a few practical ways that extended –and spiritual– family can help. You can imagine how inclusive churches and special needs ministries bless special needs families like mine. And as a Special...read more
How To Support Special Needs Families & Ministries | BASS Conference 2014
This is my family. Over the last ten, post-diagnosis years, these fine folks have looked for excuses to line our pockets, knowing full well we have gaping holes in them. My parents have provided us with uncountable financial support, particularly during our chaotic Early Intervention Years, when we hemorrhaged money for therapies ($7,000.00 a month out-of-pocket.) St. Patrick’s...read more
Why I Don’t Mind Being a Dis-Abled Family in a Hyper-Abled World: Part 1
In the last nine years post diagnosis, our family has made three significant moves to new school districts or cities. Each move was driven primarily by Jeremy’s schooling needs. In this regard, perhaps we’re no different from many modern families. After an extraordinary run of six years at our last school district, I thought we’d never experience such marvelous...read more
31 Crazy Things Special Needs Ministry Leaders Never Say
Inspired by this recent humorous post by Dale Hudson of Relevant Children’s Ministry, here are: 31 Flavors of Crazy: Things Said By No Special Needs Ministry Leader, Ever “Special Needs”? Whatev. Just throw him in. It’ll be fine. Please, no more volunteers. Go serve 1:1 on the parking team or something. I’ve got a great idea: STROBE...read more
Swim-A-Thon: Let’s Go Team Jeremy!
As you can see, Jeremy LOVES the water. His current record is six hours in the swimming pool, coming out only for mandated potty breaks. But swimming lessons for a pre-verbal kid with autism who requires 1:1 instruction, can be prohibitively expensive. All the more reason I’m so grateful for SNAP. What is SNAP? Special Needs Aquatic Program (SNAP) is a...read more
Who You Callin’ “Retarded”?
Ending The R-Word Let’s face it. Most typical kids think Special Ed kids are weird. I was once a kid, too, so I know how it is. I used to toss around The R-Word on the playground and locker room, just like everybody else. Then I grew up and had a kid with autism. Meanwhile, the world has generally maintained the same dismissive attitude. However, our family is blessed to live...read more