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The Accepting the Gift Home-Based Religious Education Curriculum

Since starting Accepting the Gift as a one day conference in 2019, I am always on the lookout for ways to better serve Catholic special needs parents. In my talks with fellow parents, through surveys, and through discussions in online forums I learned that many families are struggling to figure out their child’s religious education…

What You Need To Know About Autism In Girls and Women, by Christy Wilkens

In December 2020, at the age of 43, I learned I was autistic. Really, I learned nothing new. I was simply given a new lens to understand the things I had always known to be true about myself. But without that lens, I had struggled to understand those truths, and even fought against and loathed…

My Child is Struggling: How to Prepare For An IEP Meeting, by Judy Mankowski

This post is the second in a series about how to navigate the IEP process by teacher and special needs parent Judy Mankowski. Part 1 is here. Once the school district has evaluated your child, they will schedule an initial eligibility meeting. If your child is found to be eligible, there will need to be…

My Child is Struggling in School; What Can I Do?, by Judy Mankowski

Today begins a new series by Judy Mankowski, a teacher and special needs parent, on how to navigate the IEP process. There are a few different scenarios through which a child enters the world of Special Education. The first is through aging out of Early Intervention (EI), into a special education pre-school program. This process…

Christmas Gifts for Children of All Abilities, by Jane Stanely

Some kids are easy to shop for. They have their wish lists all made out and ready by Thanksgiving and there are stars next to the items that they would particularly like. They are consistent and forthcoming about their likes and dislikes, and when Christmas or their birthday comes around, you know exactly what will…

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Special Children, Blessed Fathers: A Book Review for Special Needs Dads

Most dads look forward to Father’s Day with thoughts of a nice dinner out, or maybe a cookout, and perhaps some handmade artwork they can display at the office. But for a special needs dad, Father’s Day is often just another reminder of how fatherhood, and his child, has turned out like nothing he ever…

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Praying Together As A Special Needs Family

Most prayer books directed at Catholic families suggest praying together as a family. Many families struggle with how to work a family rosary, or other prayer, into their daily routine. Despite the importance of prayer, between school, work, outside activities, chores, errands and everything else, it’s not uncommon for family prayers to fall by the…