Blog  /   Archive: Special Needs

17
Dec
2014
ADHD, Perfect Attendance Award, Karis Murray, Family Matters, Grace Based Parenting

  Each quarter the teachers at my daughters’ school hand out awards to the students in their classroom: Honor Roll, Most Improved in Math or Reading, Star Students, Kindness, Helpfulness, Most Books Read, etc. My daughters have received several of these certificates throughout their elementary school years, but the one that they both receive regularly […]

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15
Dec
2014

Probably Nothing

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probably nothing, parenting, special needs, cindi ferrini, grace based parenting, family matters, dr. tim kimmel

  A high school friend and I had sons around the same time with many of the same special needs; however as time went on, there were differences, and at one point my friend recalls asking me, “When Joey started walking, what did you do that therapy wasn’t doing?” She told me she was prepared […]

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24
Nov
2014
give thanks, thanksgiving, grace based parenting, family matters

  “In” everything give thanks – not “for” everything.   Confusing? Wrong?   Let’s see what God’s word has to say: Ephesians 5:18,   “In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”   As a young mom of a son with special needs, it was hard for me to […]

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depression, anxiety, true greatness, family matters, dr. tim kimmel

  Let’s be honest: parenting is hard. Parenting a child with special needs is really hard. And when your special needs child has mental illness, it can be flat out daunting.   This isn’t about comparison – it’s about compassion. If you are a parent with a mentally ill child, or you are close to […]

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Cindi Ferrini, family Matters, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Grace based parenting

  You might find it odd that one of my favorite verses in scripture is Proverbs 31:18b which says (about the proverbial) Proverbs 31 woman, “Her lamp does not go out at night.” I figured this woman had energy! I’ve also figured out that she must have been tired at times because “she looks well […]

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10
Sep
2014
Family Matters, Grace Based Parenting, Special Needs, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Cindi Ferrini

  Encouragement goes both ways. As caregivers to one with special needs, we enjoy and need to hear encouragement; but we also recognize how important it is to extend encouragement to others so they can begin to understand our role and challenges. Not everyone will want to. Not everyone will “get” it. Not everyone will […]

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27
Aug
2014

Big Deal!

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big deal, parenting, cindi ferrini, grace based parenting

  Our 33 year old son (Joey) can do a lot of things for himself, but not enough to be on his own. He needs a lot of help with everyday things like self care, toileting, showering, direction, staying on task, meals, etc. Often he gets “into some groove” making it hard for us to […]

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11
Aug
2014

A Gift

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Family Matters, A Gift, Ivy Weesner, parenting, special needs

  A small Asian woman sat back in her chair peacefully watching her granddaughter practice at gymnastics with her team. She had a baggie of walnuts in her lap and a book she occasionally acknowledged but mostly proudly kept her eyes on her Gracie through the glass window.   “Well Hiiiii!” said Oakley exuberantly as […]

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07
Jul
2014
No Time, God's Handprint, Cindi Ferrini, Family matters

  Having a child with special needs has my time pretty well structured and full. I often say I have “no time” for extra things. But 3-4 times a month my friend Lisa provides Joey with afternoon rides home from work, providing me with an hour of free time, freedom, and time to ENJOY whatever […]

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02
Jun
2014

Can’t

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Cindi Ferrini, Family Matters, Grace Based Parenting, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Special Needs Kids

  Those of us with children having special needs might be hard to talk about the things our children “can’t” do. I tend to do that because often those are the things that concern me the most, and the things I most wish he “could” do. But recently I began to think (as I have […]

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