My prayer is that this website will be an encouragement to families dealing with special needs. In our family, we deal with autism, sensory processing disorder, apraxia, and giftedness. We’re a quirky bunch. There are so many resources and blogs out there about autism, but most seem to take it from a perspective that divides autism from the whole child, as if autism is like having a cold than can be cured with medicine; or from a perspective that focuses solely on the symptoms of autism and forgets the rest of the family – the siblings, parents, grandparents.
Autism isn’t just a list of things that need “fixed” so that a child can attend mainstream school. Autism is a way of thinking and viewing the world that most of us will never fully understand. Yes, there are modifications that need to be made to the environment around a person with autism in order for them to thrive, but we need to also recognize the whole being of these children and adults. People with autism and other special needs are still people made in the image of God and deserve all the dignity any other child would receive.
In our family, we have one child with autism, giftedness, and sensory processing disorder, and another child with sensory processing disorder and apraxia. All of these are invisible disabilities – my children blend right into a crowd until you hear them speak.
For the sake of this blog, I lean on my education, classroom experience, and a plethora of resources. My degree may be in Christian education and not special ed, but I don’t stop reading. As a homeschool mom to two unique kids, I have read more books about educating special needs kids than I read in total for my masters degree.
As I post practical ideas and thoughts about special needs, please let me know if there’s anything you would like me to focus on!
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