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  • 5 ways to support autistic children in church
    copy-of-eecu-kids-colour-large 1. Get to know them. Every autistic child is different.  It’s really important that you spend time with the family and the child ... read more
    Lynn McCannPublished on 2019-02-18
    16 hours ago
  • Seeking The Truth About ‘Hidden’ Disabilities
    Hidden:  (adjective) kept out of sight; concealed.  (verb) past of ‘hide’ We frequently encounter the term ‘hidden disabilities’; it is in widespread use across the media, throughout society, within many of the various disability communities.  In general, most people have a view on what they think it means; they will refer to ... read more
    Mark ArnoldPublished on 2019-02-15
    4 days ago
  • Confessions Of A Special Needs Parent
    Parents of children with special needs experience many highs and lows along their parenting journey, but what are the secrets?  What never gets mentioned, what never gets talked about, what always gets hidden; what are the confessions of a special needs parent?  Well, it’s time for that to change, time ... read more
    Mark ArnoldPublished on 2019-02-10
    1 week ago
  • A Child First, A Disabled Child Second
    What do you see when you first meet a child with additional needs or a disability?  That may, of course, depend on whether their additional needs or disabilities are visible; they may be ‘hidden’ as so many conditions are.  But even then, we would be missing the point; what we should ... read more
    Mark ArnoldPublished on 2019-01-30
    3 weeks ago
  • Where Are All The Dad’s Of Children With Special Needs?
    I meet a lot of parents of children with special/additional needs in my work and connect with many more through websites and online forums.  One thing I’ve noticed over the years is that the parents I meet are almost always Mum’s, not Dad’s.  There are exceptions, of course, but it’s ... read more
    Mark ArnoldPublished on 2019-01-17
    1 month ago
  • Mission and People with Learning Disabilities
    It’s been four months since I left the Good News Group and I’ve lamented on how hard I have found it and reflected on what God might me leading me to next. However, one gift God has given me is the opportunity to go back to GNG once a term ... read more
    Lynn McCannPublished on 2019-01-12
    1 month ago
  • An Unfortunate Start, But What Our Young Carer Daughter Has Taught Us Since!
    We have two children; James, 16, Autistic, with Learning Difficulties and Epilepsy, and Phoebe, 19, neurotypical and a young carer.  This post is all about Phoebe’s unfortunate start on James’ arrival, but then all that we have learned from her since. The arrival of a second child into a family ... read more
    Mark ArnoldPublished on 2019-01-11
    1 month ago
  • 12 Things That Make Special Needs Families Different
    As we start getting back to ‘normal’ (whatever that is), after the holidays, it’s a time for pondering and contemplation…  Over the 12 days of Christmas I offered 12 thoughts for families with children with special or additional needs, and they each serve as a useful reminder of some of ... read more
    Mark ArnoldPublished on 2019-01-07
    1 month ago
  • My Disabled Child Is Still A Child
    Some wonderful thoughts and lived life experience from my friend and fellow blogger, Miriam Gwynne. I thoroughly agree with all she writes and encourage you to read her blog faithmummy Before I had children of my own I genuinely thought parents pretty much stuck together. I mean after all ... read more
    Mark ArnoldPublished on 2019-01-04
    2 months ago
  • A Positive Year Ahead? Never Give Up Trying!
    Happy New Year!  Now there is a phrase filled with all sorts of questions, opportunities and possibilities!  Will it be happy?  How can we tell?  Do we say “Happy New Year!” with confidence that it will contain happiness, or out of hope that it might, or in defiance from a ... read more
    Mark ArnoldPublished on 2019-01-03
    2 months ago
  • And A Happy New Year? Maybe…
    Christmas has come and gone, with all of its celebration, joys, and maybe some trials and tribulations thrown in for good measure… Racing up next we say goodbye to the old year and cheer in the new; but how that makes you feel might well depend on the kind of ... read more
    Mark ArnoldPublished on 2018-12-31
    2 months ago
  • What kind of Father is God?
    puppet legs This Christmas I have been thinking about Joseph.  We often talk about Mary, the blessed Virgin but prompted by this 80s ... read more
    Lynn McCannPublished on 2018-12-23
    2 months ago
  • You Are Not Alone!
    Christmas can be a very difficult time… especially for parents of children with additional needs.  Everyone seems to be enjoying a perfect time of celebration, with invitations to meals, parties and festive fun flooding in, while for many of us the holiday period is a lonely time.  We can find that ... read more
    Mark ArnoldPublished on 2018-12-20
    2 months ago
  • When you leave the thing you love the most
    IMG_0340 Has God ever asked you to let go of something you loved, even if it was a really good thing?  Why would God do that? ... read more
    Lynn McCannPublished on 2018-12-20
    2 months ago
  • Christmas News Letter
    Below is a copy of the Christmas newsletter sent with our Christmas email greetings. Our Christmas card list was becoming quite unruly, so for the last few years we have opted to send less cards and instead make a donation to Home for Good.Hello, and a happy Christmas from the ... read more
    Kay Morgan-GurrPublished on 2018-12-19
    2 months ago
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