Special Needs

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Don't Fear the Future: Helping Your Children With Special Needs Reach Their Potential

Barbara Dittrich

Though not all kids with special needs can achieve independence, God gives us the hope we need to overcome our worries about the future.

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When Baby Arrives Much Too Soon

Kayla Aimee

Kayla Aimee’s daughter was a micro preemie, born at 25 weeks and weighing only 1 pound, 8 ounces. Yet even as she feared for her baby’s survival, Kayla’s faith was strengthened.

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Little girl with Down syndrome kneeling on floor, sorting through laundry

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The Benefits of Chores

Cindy Barclay

How kids with special needs can find new confidence through work.

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This Adorable Toddler is a Model Thanks to the Power of Social Media

Jake Roberson

Asher Nash, an adorable 15-month-old boy with Down syndrome, has taken the Internet.

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Special Needs: Sandstorm in the Classroom

Christina Lang

My daughter’s meltdown was an opportunity to help her teacher understand Hope’s unique challenges.

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Encouraging the Gifts of a Child With Special Needs

Shauna Amick

Look for ways to involve your child in blessing others.

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Learning Disabilities and IEPs

Shannon Royce

Working with your child’s school to develop an effective education plan.

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Learning to Accept the Real Holly

Al Gilbert

After epilepsy changed my daughter, I spent years grieving for what might have been.

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Raising Kids With Special Needs – One Moment at a Time

Gillian Marchenko

Parenting a child with special needs can feel overwhelming, but focus on what matters most … right now.

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Sarah Kovac: A Capable Woman in the Arms of God

Amy Tracy

By overcoming a rare congenital birth defect, young wife, mother and YouTube sensation Sarah Kovac is an inspiration to millions facing physical and spiritual challenges.

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Focus on Abilities – Not Disability

Lisa Sexton

Helping a child with special needs navigate obstacles and opportunities.

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Facing Ordinary Life With Extraordinary Kids

Emily Colson

Chuck Colson’s daughter refuses to let autism hold her family hostage.

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Parenting a Special Needs Child

If you are a parent of a child with special needs, you undoubtedly have bigger challenges to overcome than you ever thought possible.

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Facts About ADHD

Managing a child with ADHD requires participation from the entire family.

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For Special Students

Some children may have problems communicating, processing information or learning to read. Other children have physical handicaps. Parents need to be especially involved with the school to address these needs.

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Special Needs and Marriage

God gives us a biblical perspective for building oneness in marriage: "For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh" (Genesis 2:24, NIV).

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Sermons on Special Needs

Listen to valuable sermons on how to deal with specials needs within your family and marriage.

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Impact Stories: Special Needs

Videos showing the importance of understanding special needs.

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Special Families…A Casserole’s Not Enough

Jackie Mills-Fernald and Jim Pierson

Churches are designed to be a welcoming place for all persons, but often it’s uncomfortable to interact with people who are different from us.

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Facts and Research About Special Needs

Facts and research to help you understand special needs within your family and marriage.

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How One Church Reached Out To Special Needs Family

Jackie Mills-Fernald and Jim Pierson

Just like other life challenges, our churches need to be the place families can turn to for help and support, not another place to feel like an unwanted outsider.

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11 Scriptures On Helping Loved Ones With Special Needs

Stand up for those with special needs. Here are 11 Biblical scriptures to help you.

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11 Scriptures On Helping Loved Ones With Special Needs

Here are scriptures to help you better understand how we are called to help those with special needs.

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The Unexpected Joys of Raising an Autistic Child (Part 2 of 2)

Emily Colson talks about the trials and triumphs she's experienced in raising her autistic son, Max. Her father, author Chuck Colson, joins the conversation to discuss the lessons they've learned from Max which underscore the sanctity of all human life. (Part 2 of 2)

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