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The Jesse Tree For Families: A New Easy Advent Tradition

This post contains affiliate links. You don’t need to miss out on observing Advent just because you’re a special needs parent. Preparing for Christmas can seem overwhelming because on top of all the extra work you do as the parent of a child with disabilities you’ve now got to squeeze in all the shopping, decorating,…

Six YouTube Accounts To Follow For Information and Advocacy, by Mary Thissen

While YouTube is a well-established player in social media, it’s not often the first resource that is considered when it comes to online information and research. We shouldn’t discount the amazing knowledge we can find on this platform! While YouTube isn’t made for connections the same way that other social media platforms are, YouTube’s ability…

IEP Basics: What Parents Need To Know, by Anne Jones

An IEP, or an Individualized Education Plan (or Program), is a plan or program that is created for your child to set school-related goals, usually for the next 12 months. The IEP outlines adaptations or modifications that your child needs to learn successfully, and states any therapy or related services that are needed to help…

Preparing for a Natural Disaster As A Special Needs Family, by Anne Jones

Here on the East Coast, hurricane season is in full swing. This season always brings questions from my children about hurricanes and if they will come our way. Here are ten tips and resources that will hopefully be helpful as you assist your own children to prepare for natural disasters! 1. Have your child learn…

Six Instagram Accounts to Follow for Advocacy and Community, by Mary Thissen

Social media can be a double-edged sword. On one hand, what is shown on social media is notoften reflective of real life. On the other hand, if vulnerable enough, great relationships can be formed, and lifelong friends can be made over thousands of miles because of common connection. n Instagram is one of the most…

Caring for a Loved One with Mary- Introducing An Old Devotion To A New Audience of Caregivers
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Caring for a Loved One with Mary- Introducing An Old Devotion To A New Audience of Caregivers

Theresa Kiser is the author of the new book Caring for a Loved One with Mary: A Seven Sorrows Prayer Companion. It was her own experience caring for a medically complex child that led Kiser to this devotion in her greatest hour of need. “It wasn’t until truly the most difficult days of the caregiving…

Accepting the Gift’s Religious Education Curriculum Review, by Andi Sligh

Accepting the Gift’s Religious Education Curriculum Review, by Andi Sligh

A few weeks ago, ,I shared a bit about our experience with Accepting the Gift’s book ,Friends & Intercessors for teaching about the lives of the saints. My son, Nathan, is thirteen and has Down syndrome but I didn’t start homeschooling him until two years ago. I use Simply Classical, a curriculum for kids with…

‘Friends & Intercessors’: An Activity Book About the Saints for All Children, by Andi Sligh

‘Friends & Intercessors’: An Activity Book About the Saints for All Children, by Andi Sligh

A little over a year ago, I shared with you in this space ,a “day in the life” homeschooling my son with Down syndrome. He went to public school up until age eleven and until two years ago I never pictured myself as a homeschooling mom. Today? I can’t imagine ever sending him back to…

How To Start A Special Needs Parent Support Group At Your Parish
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How To Start A Special Needs Parent Support Group At Your Parish

Do you feel alone as a special needs parent in your community or parish? Do you need to connect with other parents who understand your unique struggles and joys as the parent of a child with disabilities? Chances are there’s other parents at your parish who feel the same way. Although it may seem overwhelming,…