Special Needs

Trevor Hendershot greeting fans outside the Los Angeles Angels team store

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Watch a Young Man with Down Syndrome Bring a Smile to Every Sports Fan He Greets

Focus on the Family

Trevor Hendershot has Down syndrome, along with a ready smile and boundless energy. Devoted sports fans go out of their way to say hello to him at games, and Trevor greets many stadium regulars by name. Even the team players know him, and his enthusiasm is contagious.

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Rion Paige performs on FOX's The X Factor Season 3, Top 6 Live Performance Show

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Rion Paige on Singing, Trusting and Not Fitting In

Crystal Kupper

Born with a congenital birth defect and nearly blind in one eye, teenage country singer Rion Paige talks about her faith, competing on the "X-Factor" and being a role model for other kids with her condition.

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Mother comforting daughter sitting on sofa

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Am I Doing Enough for My Child With Special Needs?

Gillian Marchenko

When you have kids with disabilities, guilt can seem overwhelming. Learn how to move past it.

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The author, with her daughter Taylor and husband, Matt

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When the Diagnosis is Devastating

Rachel Wojo

Before my daughter’s diagnosis, I held out hope that everything would be OK once we figured out what was wrong. But God had a different plan for Taylor’s life. For our lives.

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Kirsten Stafford as a newborn

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Down Syndrome: What the Doctors Didn't Tell Us

Janet Stafford

Sure, the doctors were right in that our daughter would face some medical issues throughout her life, but what they didn't share with us was that we were embarking upon the greatest journey any parent could ever hope for.

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Illustration of a mother and daughter heading to church

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The Sunday Morning Dilemma

Mary Tutterow

By remaining in community, those of us with kids who have special needs can inspire others.

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Illustration of a dad and mom watching their happy child playing with a dog, while in the park

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Special Needs: In Search of Family Fun

Karen Crum

Overcome obstacles to build memories with your child with special needs.

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Cartoon illustration of a mother talking to her son about apologizing to his sister who sits at a nearby desk

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Helping Kids With Special Needs Get the Picture

Leann Reid

Try cartooning to better communicate to children with special needs.

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Disabled young boy in wheelchair watching children play on playground

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Special Needs: When Comparison Enters Your Home

Natalie Maxwell

The world labels our oldest son as disabled, but most days I don’t see it that way. His disabilities do not define him. Still, I can’t deny the heartache I sometimes feel when I find myself comparing our eldest to his siblings.

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Young girl with arms crossed over bent kneeds looking sad

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Raising Children on the Autism Spectrum

Dawn Vargo

Parenting kids with a variety of special needs is certainly challenging, yet Katie Lundquist has found ways to work with all of them – including those on the autism spectrum. Most of all, she’s learned to be a student of each one of her children.

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Illustration of a mother sitting on a grassy hill looking away as her son stands nearby

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In the Shadow of Special Needs

Wendy Heyn

Making sure your other children aren't overlooked.

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Jonathan and Kristan Hawkins and their four children

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When Living Pro-Life is Deeply Personal

Dawn Vargo

For Kristan Hawkins, the pro-life debate is more than just a profession. As a mother raising children with cystic fibrosis – a deadly genetic disease – the value and dignity of every human life is a deeply personal ethic that she lives with every day.

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L to R: Heather Avis holds daughter Macyn, while Josh Avis holds daughter Truly and son August

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Heather Avis: When Adoption is Scary, Uncomfortable and Wonderful

Heather Avis

While the world was telling us all the reasons we shouldn’t adopt a child with Down syndrome, God was showing us not only a baby in need of a family, but that we were a family in need of a baby.

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14-months-old Lucas Warren, smiling

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What Makes the 2018 Gerber Baby so Special? His Creator

Jim Daly

In announcing the winner of their annual baby photo search, Gerber has affirmed what millions of people already believe: Every child deserves to live.

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Loving mother embracing son

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Isaiah’s Story: Accepting a Special Needs Diagnosis

Dawn Vargo

In a culture that values strength and normalcy, it can be difficult to accept weakness or differences – especially with our own children.

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Left to right: Cole, Missy, Jase, Mia and Reed Robertson

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Missy Robertson: What I’ve Learned Raising a Daughter With Special Medical Needs

Missy Robertson

As the mother of daughter born with a serious medical condition, Missy Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” understands parents who feel that the special needs of their children can sometimes be overwhelming.

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Man with spinal cord injury in wheelchair approaching outdoor wheelchair ramp

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Disability Ministry and the Local Church

Stephanie O. Hubach

Thinking biblically about disability and ourselves.

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sad teenage boy in an empty room

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When a Child Has Mental Illness

Kelly Rosati

Three of our four children deal with mental illness. We face it day by day, but we have no answers. No guarantees. Nothing to assure us that everything will turn out OK.

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Kristen Stafford smiling and holding a pumpkin

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Raising a Child with Down Syndrome

Amy Tracy

While plenty of parents seem eager to avoid the prospect entirely, talking to those in the throes of raising a child with Down syndrome reveals a much different perspective.

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Mother with disabled son in walker outdoors

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Parenting Children With Disabilities: Facing the Questions

Dawn Vargo

Parents who are constantly answering questions about a child with special needs can find it emotionally and mentally draining. Yet awkward questions can also be opportunities to affirm the sanctity and dignity of every life.

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Photo showing a tween girl who has Down Syndrome

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Disabilities and Your Child's Heart

Chonda Ralston

A child with special needs can have a tremendous capacity for trusting God

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Illustration of a ittle bird flying off from broken Easter egg held by a parent's hands

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Special Needs: Scared to Let Go

Lisa Sexton and Julie Holmquist

Encouraging your child's independence is hard... but worth it.

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Illustration with six frames of a dad offering a rose to his young son. The boy rejects the flower in each frame until the last when he finally accepts it.

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Hope for Parents of Kids With Special Needs

Michael Woods

Ever wonder if your parenting makes a difference? It does.

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Illustration showing the feet of a boy stepping between different events labeled Final Exams, Dentist Appointment, Soccer at Park. Mother's feet face his and she holds a large pencil.

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Special Needs and the Challenge of Change

Karen Crum

Help your kids deal with daily transitions.

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