How To Avoid Burnout As A Special Needs Parent
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How To Avoid Burnout As A Special Needs Parent

Parents of children with disabilities know what it’s like to be exhausted and burnt out. We can be so overwhelmed with our child’s care and well being, we forget to care for ourselves. However, by ignoring our own physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being we can struggle to be the loving parent and caregiver our…

Dealing With The Grief That Follows Your Child’s Diagnosis
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Dealing With The Grief That Follows Your Child’s Diagnosis

It’s completely normal to feel grief following your child’s diagnosis. Even though your child is alive, there is still a grieving process you will go through as your come to terms with the loss of the typically developing child you thought you had. The good news is, you don’t need to stay stuck in grief….

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Can My Autistic Child Receive The Sacraments?

Can a child with autism receive the sacraments? The short answer is yes- definitely! In fact you can substitute almost any disability for autism and the answer is still yes. Unfortunately, many parents are told otherwise by their parish’s priest and/or DRE. These parishes either don’t know how to integrate a child into an existing…

Gift Suggestions For Your Child’s Teachers, Therapists, and Support Staff, by Heidi Indahl

My special needs children are not in school right now, but I have to admit any holiday or special occasion that involves parents posting pictures of their teacher gifts has a way of raising my blood pressure. Those pictures of cute gifts- often that took a lot of time or money, both in short supply…

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Encountering Signs of Faith with Allison Gingras

Passing on the faith to our children is an awesome responsibility, and one that can seem overwhelming when one’s child is disabled, or learns in different ways. Author Allison Gingras shares the story of how she taught her deaf daughter about her Catholic faith through the use of the Church’s tangible treasures and traditions in…

The Golden Rule Project Is Working To Create a Welcoming Church Environment

As the parent of two children with disabilities, I’m always on the lookout for disabled adults, especially within the Church, who are living out God’s vocation for their lives in a positive way, while also sharing the struggles they face in our usually inaccessible world. While working on a project for the National Catholic Partnership…