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4 Ideas For Teaching Prayer To Kids With Special Needs

February 25, 2014

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When it comes to teaching children with special needs about prayer, I get excited, because it’s one way of helping them to develop and enjoy a fulfilling relationship with God. I think kids need to understand the simplicity of prayer.  To be honest, I think that’s a lesson that even adults need to learn.  Prayer […]

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Take The Next Step: Scripture Memory

February 19, 2014

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Psalm 119:11 – “Your Word I have treasured in my heart, That I may not sin against You. NASB” This one verse is probably the single most often-utilized verse people turn to when they think about why they should memorize Scripture. This verse gets to the heart of Scripture memory, but how does this apply […]

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The C3 Relational Model (Comfort)

March 26, 2013

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One of the primary outcomes for each team member in our Special Friends Ministry is to develop relationships with each and every child and adult with special needs that we minister to. The process that we use to develop a relationship is called C3 (Comfort, Confirm, Challenge) and is derived from the many interactions between […]

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Take The Next Step: Complaint Button

December 19, 2012

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This idea requires very little preparation, making it easy for you to teach your child an important lesson about “joy” even when circumstances are difficult, boring, or challenging. For this idea you’ll need a buzzer.  One of those really cool “That Was Easy” buzzers from Staples would be perfect!  However, any type of noise-maker will […]

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Take The Next Step: Joy In Obedience

December 13, 2012

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This month our virture is Joy (“Finding a way to be happy in all circumstances because God loves me”).  Joy can often be found in our obedience to the Lord in the midst of our circumstances.  Here’s something practical that you can do to help your child understand the meaning of joy. Throughout this month, […]

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Take The Next Step: Kindness Video

November 6, 2012

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Jesus told the story of The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37).  One of the reasons Jesus taught this parable was in order to get people to think for themselves, there but for the grace of God, go I.  The point is that kindness and compassion come from the heart, and it is the heart where the seat of God […]

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Take The Next Step (Building Blocks)

October 5, 2012

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Often we lose control when we don’t get things our own way. By nature we want what we want and we want it now! And, if we don’t get what we want we let everyone know just how unhappy it makes us. To be self-controlled means to have power over your reactions to people and […]

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Take The Next Step (UNIQUE Prayer)

September 28, 2012

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In order to partner with parents and support them in teaching their child to pray, we’re providing the exact prayer template that we’re using in our Special Friends classroom.  This will allow parents to use the exact same learning materials at home that we are using in the classroom to nurture a child’s prayer life.  Using the […]

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Take The Next Step (Family Photo)

September 25, 2012

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A boy receives a train set as a gift from his father, but after a few standard runs, decides it’s more interesting to crash the trains, and does so repeatedly.  A little girl thinks nothing of standing on tables and singing at the top of her lungs in public. Some children with special needs are a […]

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Take The Next Step (Gideon Bible Story)

September 20, 2012

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As parents, it’s our responsibility to teach our children about God. One way you can do this is through Bible stories.  With kids with special needs you can: read to your children from the Bible look at pictures of stories from the Bible watch videos of popular Bible stories. listen to audio versions of Bible […]

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