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  • The Institutionalised Torture Of Our Children
    Last week on 6th June 2019 a Tweet struck me deeply; it affected me like very few Tweet’s have before, and as you can imagine for someone working in the disability field that’s saying something.  It was a Tweet from Rachel Lucas of Sky News (@RachelSkyNews), who had been doing a ... read more
    Mark ArnoldPublished on 2019-06-13
    5 days ago
  • Three Spiritual Parenting Truth’s For Children With Additional Needs
    Spiritual parenting can be a journey that is difficult and confusing for any parent; it can be full of setbacks and challenging questions, fraught with the danger of us saying one thing and doing another; full of unexpected surprises, as well as being a total joy and blessing for us and our ... read more
    Mark ArnoldPublished on 2019-05-29
    3 weeks ago
  • Poorly Sick
    Having promised links and more information about interviews and writing, you will have noticed that nothing materialised!I feel I need to explain why....After writing that last brief post, we were due to be at our own church weekend. We were looking forward to it immensely, and I had put a ... read more
    Kay Morgan-GurrPublished on 2019-05-26
    3 weeks ago
  • Is Additional/Special Needs Parenting A Circus? Which ‘performer’ are you?
    Additional Needs parenting can be a bit like a circus sometimes, maybe more than we would like to admit!  Here’s a (hopefully) light-hearted look at how at times we can play many of the familiar roles of circus performers… Circus (noun):  a travelling company of acrobats, clowns, and other entertainers which ... read more
    Mark ArnoldPublished on 2019-05-23
    4 weeks ago
  • Why Additional/Special Needs Parenting Is Like A Circus
    Additional Needs parenting can be a bit like a circus sometimes, maybe more than we would like to admit!  Here’s a (hopefully) light-hearted look at how at times we can play many of the familiar roles of circus performers… Circus (noun):  a travelling company of acrobats, clowns, and other entertainers which ... read more
    Mark ArnoldPublished on 2019-05-23
    4 weeks ago
  • Is Being A Special Needs Parent Worth It?
    This question lurks in the heart of every special needs parent; it is kept down, out of sight, but every now and then when we are tired beyond our ability to cope, knocked down by another bit of bad news, yet again clearing up something we hoped we would never ... read more
    Mark ArnoldPublished on 2019-05-17
    1 month ago
  • Sex and Relationships: Young People with Special/Additional Needs
    Sex and relationships is a hot topic in youth work at the moment, and rightly so when we see the mixed messages, confusing feelings and myriad questions that young people are dealing with every day.  But for young people with additional needs this topic is often one that is considered ... read more
    Mark ArnoldPublished on 2019-05-15
    1 month ago
  • Compassion for the ‘naughty’ children
    63c5903975fe3305703d9e3f86f7cc4d_sad-boy-clipart-1-sad-boy-cartoon-clipart_436-679 When I was a teenager, I had a tough time.  It led me into making poor choices that had a massive impact on ... read more
    Lynn McCannPublished on 2019-05-15
    1 month ago
  • A Little Absent!
    It may seem I've been a little quiet of late.... But as usual, I've been busy writing for lots of other people. I'll put some links up later so you can have a look.I'm being interviewed by Radio Leicester on Thursday, to be broadcast on Sunday morning, so would value ... read more
    Kay Morgan-GurrPublished on 2019-05-14
    1 month ago
  • Who Would Have Believed This? What A Difference A Year Makes!
    It’s been quite a year!  As we sat around the meeting table yesterday for yet another ‘Child In Need’ review meeting, it was almost impossible to believe the progress that James has made in the past 12 months.  Stories flowed from social worker’s, school staff, CAMHS team members… all thrilled ... read more
    Mark ArnoldPublished on 2019-05-09
    1 month ago
  • 5 ways we can trust God is changing despair into hope in additional needs ministry
    hopeimage from – https://www.cjbecker.com/blog/hope-fear-anxiety-future/  Hope has been a theme God has been weaving into my life and prayers recently.  We are faced with the enormity of ... read more
    Lynn McCannPublished on 2019-05-07
    1 month ago
  • Our Awesome, Amazing, Actually Autistic Boy!
    For parents of children with special/additional needs there is often so much negativity, so much that is hard, so much that makes us want to curl up in a ball and cry.  Two years ago, James had his first recorded epileptic event, adding a new chapter to his journey that ... read more
    Mark ArnoldPublished on 2019-04-24
    2 months ago
  • A Child Asks, “Did God Make Me With Autism?”
    This question was recently asked by an eight-year-old autistic boy to his parents; it’s a hard question to answer and the response that follows may not fit well with everyone, but then we are a diverse people so that is to be expected; so, here we go! Made in God’s ... read more
    Mark ArnoldPublished on 2019-04-10
    2 months ago
  • What The Woman Healed Of Bleeding Teaches Us About Jesus
    There are 37 miracles of Jesus mentioned in the Gospels, and two-thirds of these involved him healing someone.  John’s Gospel tells us that what is written only represents a fraction of what Jesus did during his three-year ministry, so in reality there are likely to have been many, many more ... read more
    Mark ArnoldPublished on 2019-04-04
    3 months ago
  • Mothering Sunday
    I wasn't looking forward to today. For lots of reasons, including the fact I have been unable to have children of my own, I have always found the day difficult. But, I'm always happy to celebrate with other mums and grandparents. It's not their fault I find the day hard, ... read more
    Kay Morgan-GurrPublished on 2019-03-31
    3 months ago
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