Down Syndrome

Surviving an Awkward Moment at Church

Surviving an Awkward Moment at Church

I felt awkward. I couldn’t join the conversation several other church volunteers were having about their children’s accomplishments. After one night of serving and feeling a mix of emotions, I felt impressed to examine myself in prayer. Why was I allowing this to get me down? This wasn’t a reason to quit serving at church or shrink my circle of acquaintances, as I have done in the past. It was, however, an opportunity to push into God and thank Him for the things my daughter had accomplished.

The Three Stages of Development Special-Needs Siblings Experience

The Three Stages of Development Special-Needs Siblings Experience

Each stage of being a special-needs sibling has its challenges and blessings. But you can help your typical children focus more on the blessings when you patiently guide them through each one of these stages.

What a Father Holds

What a Father Holds

My husband has held many things together for our family. Most of what my husband does for our family isn’t the typical experience. There’s no greeting card that summarizes his journey as a father or recognizes the care he provides. It’s been different than most, but it’s been good.

My Son’s Autism Revealed Where I Had Really Placed My Faith

My Son’s Autism Revealed Where I Had Really Placed My Faith

This idea of rewards and punishments isn’t the gospel—it’s the prosperity gospel. And as a special-needs parent, I have found myself especially vulnerable to its influence in my life. 

How to Develop Prayer in Children with Little Speech

How to Develop Prayer in Children with Little Speech

I had an ambition to teach my daughter to pray even though her spoken vocabulary was limited to a few words. I broke down the act of prayer, employed some well-known speech therapy techniques, and began helping her develop her own prayer life. Like many other skills we have worked on in the past, this took time and repetition, but my daughter learned to pray.