Special Needs

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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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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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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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Facts About ADHD

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

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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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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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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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Facts and Research About Special Needs

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

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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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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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