Actions Speak Louder Than Words: Supporting Kids Through Mental Illness, by Lydia Cubbedge

Mental Health Awareness Month is upon us, and those of us who struggle with our own or care for a child with mental illness might feel like we have to expend a lot of energy, more than we have to spare, on explaining and raising awareness. Whether it’s PTSD, depression, anxiety, OCD, or a cluster…

Outdoor Activities for Kids of All Abilities to Enjoy Together, by Anne Jones

As the spring flowers emerge and flannel sheets are taken off the beds, it is exciting to get back outside and enjoy the warmer weather. With my son in a walker, I am always looking for outdoor play ideas or events in the local and extended community thatchildren of all abilities can experience together. I…

Why Your Special Needs Child Should Play Sports, by Andi Sligh

I know how scared you are.  When it comes to signing your special needs child up for sports, you find yourself imagining your physically disabled child falling, or drowning, or being bullied, or <insert some other worst case scenario here>. You know your child won’t be able to run as fast, or swim as well,…

Free Visual Aides for Catholic Children; A Review, by Lydia Cubbedge

As the mom of an autistic little boy I’ve spent hours searching for helpful visual aides for everything you can imagine. Visual schedules and graphics for disabled children tend to be generic at best and downright ugly at worst. When it comes to the delicate business of teaching the faith to our kids there are…

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Practical Tips For Living Out The Season Of Lent With Your Special Needs Child, by Anne Jones

Lent is a season of forty days leading up to Easter during which we try to strip away the distractions in our lives so we can focus on deepening our relationship with God. Catholics often mark this time of year in three ways: fasting, almsgiving, and prayer. I am sharing a few ways our family…

Staying Positive When Cold and Flu Season Keeps You Homebound, by Anne Jones

Winter brings cold weather, hot drinks, and extra blankets. If your family is like mine, winter also means trying to limit our exposure to the plethora of viruses that circulate the population this time of year. Efforts to keep healthy, however, can mean limiting public outings and gatherings. Keeping the “winter blues” away sometimes requires…

How to Manage Life with Epilepsy; A Parent’s Guide, by Heidi Indahl

Our daughter had her first seizure at four years of age.  It was a febrile seizure and we were dismissed from the emergency room with assurances that it was unlikely to happen again. That prediction could not have been more wrong. Within the next year our family life was filled with more twists and turns than I…

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How Advent Reminds me of my Identity as a Daughter, by Anne Jones

Much of the last fourteen years of my life, the focus has been on motherhood. In a particular way, I think being a special needs parent constantly keeps my attention on being a mother, not only in the day-to-day caring of children, but also in all the doctor and therapist appointments, the seemingly constant filling…