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For a children's leader in Maryland, it happened during the Wednesday night program: Without warning, one of Barbara's preschoolers fell to the floor, jerking with muscl...
Pat Verbal
 
A case in Wylie, Texas, puts a face on abuse suffered by children with special needs. Gerren Isgrigg, a 6-year-old boy with disabilities, was found dead on April 15, 2010, i...
Pat Verbal
 
In these warm months, chances are you're taking kids outside to play group games or use playground equipment. Part of that means considering the needs of children with speci...
 
When Tom and Vicky's third child, Johnny, was diagnosed with autism, they found it increasingly difficult to maintain a "normal" life. But they were determined to stay f...
 
When a child with emotional disabilities and anger issues became unmanageable in class, volunteer coordinator Elizabeth Temple took action; she didn't wait until a special ...
Pat Verbal
 
The hit song from the late 1960s describes feelings many children whose siblings have disabilities can relate to: "The road is long with many a winding turn, that leads ...
 
Autism is a developmental disability affecting communication and social interaction that affects one in every 150 children in the U.S. And families are looking to the churc...
 
Kyla's* seen a lot in her 11 years. Her mom, who's been in recovery for almost two years, was addicted to meth for 20. Kyla's dad was recently court-ordered out of her life...
Sally Castle
 
When a child with special needs first comes into a classroom, quick assessment of a child's needs is probably one of the most difficult things to do, because it involves a l...
Pat Verbal
 
Recently I led a special needs seminar for leaders who each serve more than 1,000 children per week. As I marveled at the potential sitting in the room, I knew that only...
Pat Verbal
 
The Real Me* by Joe Bishop Don't just see my legs not running; Don't just see my hands not writing; Don't just see my mouth not talking; These broken pieces are not...
Sally Castle
 
Billy is an energetic, curious, 6-year-old boy with type 1 diabetes who attends Sunday school and many activities at our church. What is diabetes? Diabetes is defined a...
 
From "Special Needs": List of Gluten-Free snacks all kids will love... According to Webmd.com, "Gluten is found in wheat, rye, and barley. Common foods that contain glu...
Sally Castle
 
If you have a child in your classroom who appears to have problems with muscle and vocal control, it may be Tourette's Syndrome... Tourette's is an inherited neurological...
Sally Castle
 
Special Needs: Allergies are likely the most common problem teachers face in the classroom, because allergies are on the rise in all children and are considered a special n...
 
Read three amazing stories of ways God's people are ministering to children in need... 1. Ella Newmiller Five-year-old Ella Newmiller was diagnosed ...
Craig DeMartino
 
Editor's Note: Children's Ministry Magazine staff photographer Craig DeMartino is an avid rock climber. Seven years ago while climbing he suffered a terrible fall, crashing...
Pat Verbal
 
For children who are medically fragile, Sunday school doesn't have to be on Sunday. Julie's first cancerous tumor was removed when she was in first grade, ruining her near-p...
Children's Ministry Magazine
 
From Big Fun On Any Budget more information about playspaces and links to playspaces for kids with special needs For Special Needs Playspaces: www.boundlessplaygro...
Barb Malone
 
Make a difference with children who may have trouble learning "Every evening, the Israelites had meat from the quails that flew into the camp. In the morning, they ha...
 
Children just seem to not listen or pay attention as much anymore. This could be due to the noisy environments we now live in that make it difficult to listen. Or it could b...
Jennifer Buell
 
Church should be a welcoming, safe place for every child. But for many families of children with special needs, it's yet another place for their children to stand out or be ...
Beth Greenawalt
 
All right kids, let's read the lesson. Tracie, will you begin?" "Th-then a Samaritan..." Johnny, the boy next to Tracie, fidgets. "Johnny, do you need something?" ...
Gail Cannis
 
Katy is a fourth-grader with severe learning disabilities. When she first started attending Sunday school at our church, she was very shy and fearful that the other children...
Pat Verbal
 
According to the National Organization on Disability, there are fifty-four million people in the United States with disabilities. That means one in five Americans have a dis...
Joni Eareckson Tada
 
When a boy's arms are paralyzed, how does he raise his hand in Sunday school? How does he manage eating lunch at a church picnic when he can't hold his Kool-Aid or squirt mu...
Donald Welch
 
Be the one to prescribe God's love to kids in crisis. Imagine your Sunday school class -- all the kids are engaged in the lesson, intently focused on what Joseph's father...
Sally Castle
 
Children in Wheelchairs Rosie was a 6-year-old girl I met when I taught Sunday school. She spent the majority of her time in a wheelchair because she lost the use of her...
Sally Castle
 
Developmental Disability Years ago I had a developmentally disabled child with dwarfism in my classroom. The other fourth-grade boys in my classroom learned important bi...
 
Doctors were first to use the word "special" when it came to Linda. From the moment of Linda's delivery, she was labeled "special." Through the years, hundreds of well-meani...
 
Thinking about starting a special needs ministry in your church? Here are tips to get started. Children's pastors are often the first members of a church staff to encoun...
Sally Castle
 
Sensory Integration Disorder Tommy is a third-grader who's challenged by sensory experiences that most of us don't even notice or think about. A tag on the back of his s...
Sally Castle
 
Children's decreased attention spans, in general, can be attributed to a faster paced media, but when a child has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), maintainin...
 
Tension was high that steamy July afternoon as the preteen boys of Wigfield Dorm squared off against the boys of Long Dorm on the kickball field. Tempers had already flared ...
Scot Butwell
 
Addressing the unique needs of children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder in your classroom. Even when you understand why kids misbehave and you have strate...
Barbara Beach
 
A roundtable discussion to help you effectively reach kids with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. A lot of these kids feel like nobody loves them and that they'r...
Christine Yount Jones
 
When children kill in cold blood, hope for the future dies. But in cities across America, God's people are showing how light shines in the darkest of places. " 'God, why...
Dr. Paul White
 
In this article, Dr. Paul White, a child psychologist in Kansas, deals with readers' questions about Attention Deficit Disorder. Q: What is Attention Deficit Disorder? ...
Barb Malone
 
"Every evening, the Israelites had meat from the quails that flew into the camp. In the morning, they had manna for bread," the teacher explained before asking, "Where did t...
 
Use this teacher training plan to train your children's ministry teachers to how to help children with special needs or learning disabilities. 1. Tough duty-Form three g...
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