Special Needs

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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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Impact Stories: Special Needs

Videos showing the importance of understanding special needs.

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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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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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Facts and Research About Special Needs

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

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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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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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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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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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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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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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The Unexpected Joys of Raising an Autistic Child (Part 1 of 2)

Emily Colson talks about the trials and triumphs she's experienced in raising her autistic son, Max. Her father, author Chuck Colson (now deceased), joins the conversation to discuss the lessons they've learned from Max which underscore the sanctity of all human life. (Part 1 of 2)

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Overcoming the Obstacles of Cerebral Palsy (Part 2 of 2)

Lisa Sexton discusses her experiences with raising her special needs son, Tyler. Lisa and Tyler also share their amazing story of how, with God's help, Tyler was able to overcome his limitations and pursue a medical degree. (Part 2 of 2)

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Overcoming the Obstacles of Cerebral Palsy (Part 1 of 2)

Lisa Sexton discusses her experiences with raising her special needs son, Tyler. Lisa and Tyler also share their amazing story of how, with God's help, Tyler was able to overcome his limitations and pursue a medical degree. (Part 1 of 2)

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Warning Signs of Mental Illness

Jared Pingleton

How can you know whether a loved one might be suffering from mental illness?

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Overcoming the Obstacles of Cerebral Palsy (Part 3 of 3)

Clinical psychologist Jared Pingleton joins Lisa Sexton to discuss how parents can cope with the continual challenges of their special needs child, and how the faith community can come alongside families with special needs children. (Part 3 of 3)

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Special Needs: Wrestling With Guilt

Jolene Philo

Don’t let unresolved guilt over a child’s condition distract you from what really matters.

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Living Joyously (Part 2 of 2)

Evangelist and motivational speaker David Ring shares his testimony of living with cerebral palsy, enduring physical and emotional torment, suffering the early loss of his parents, and eventually experiencing the uncondtional love of Jesus Christ. (Part 2 of 2)

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Living Joyously (Part 1 of 2)

Evangelist and motivational speaker David Ring shares his testimony of living with cerebral palsy, enduring physical and emotional torment, suffering the early loss of his parents, and eventually experiencing the uncondtional love of Jesus Christ. (Part 1 of 2)

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Dealing with a Disability in Marriage

Ken and Joni Eareckson Tada tell their story of a blessed marriage despite the challenges of physical disability and inspire couples facing the same trials to strive for a deeper love.

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Parenting and Special Needs: Why Me?

Ellen Stumbo

God doesn’t give special children to special parents. He gives them to ordinary ones.

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Living With Alzheimer’s Disease

Reginald Finger

Family caregivers need support from friends, neighbors and for the patient and for themselves.

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God’s Story of Disability: The Unfolding Plan from Genesis to Revelation

For years, Joni Eareckson Tada has served as a strong advocate for those with disabilities.

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Including Persons with Autism In the Life of the Church

Jackie Mills-Fernald and Jim Pierson

People with Autism are a part of the disability classification that need inclusion. What does the church need to do to include these wonderful people with ASD?

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