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How Welcoming Are You?

May 15, 2014

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The Americans with Disabilities Act which was signed into law back in July of 1990 established a national mandate to protect persons with special needs from discrimination and other social injustices. As a result, we saw a change began to take place in our public school systems where every child with a special need began […]

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Decreasing Behaviors With Pictures

March 4, 2014

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Do you ever say to yourself, “There must be a better way!” when it comes to figuring out how to respond to a child/adolescent with special needs who is kicking and screaming?  If you’re like most people, you probably didn’t earn a degree in Special Education or Behavioral Psychology and therefore don’t feel equipped to manage behaviors!  […]

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The Potential Benefits Of Starting A Family Support Group

December 6, 2012

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“This group has been so helpful. I shared some ideas with a friend at work, and she was really encouraged. If it weren’t for the family support group, I wouldn’t have had anything to say,” the mother of an 11-year-old boy and a 7-year-old girl with autism said. Her beaming eyes and broad smile expressed […]

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Special Needs Classroom: Communication Needs

August 21, 2012

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You should have been with me about 20 years ago walking along the narrow cobble-stoned paths of Oia, Greece.  Somehow I had gotten myself turned around and needed directions back to the ferry landing in order to return to Crete.  I probably looked very strange to those that I stopped to ask directions.  Though I was doing my […]

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What’s So Special About Family Ministry?

August 3, 2012

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I’m excited to be participating in the Family Ministry Blog Tour.  Many people are receiving the opportunity to answer the question “What is family ministry within the local church? I would encourage you to take the time to read the variety of great posts and insights from the other bloggers!  I’m grateful to Matt Norman […]

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Organizing The Special Needs Classroom: Physical Environment

July 12, 2012

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Establishing a supportive classroom for kids on the autism spectrum is an important component to consider when planning and designing a special needs classroom.  Research has consistently indicated that the way the classroom is arranged influences the learning of individuals with autism.  In addition, research has found that kids in organized and structured classrooms learn better […]

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Learning Is Not A Spectator Sport

June 13, 2012

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I shared with you yesterday that students learn best when they are actively engaged with you and your curriculum.  School teachers have always known that active learner engagement in the lesson produces greater and faster acquisition of the skill/concept being taught.  If active learner engagement is a desirable outcome then how is it achieved?  How […]

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Elevating Community In Special Needs Ministry

April 9, 2012

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Our Special Friends Ministry at First Baptist Orlando is beginning a season of transition.  Our Development Team is currently learning and discussing how to apply the Think Orange approach to how we “do” special needs ministry.  Our Development Team is comprised of parents of children with special needs, volunteers from our special needs ministry, and staff.  I […]

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Creating A Classroom That Supports Engagement

October 11, 2011

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Years ago several studies conducted by Dr. Ivar Lovass at UCLA revealed that children on the autism spectrum needed about 7 times as many learning opportunities than typically developing children in order to learn a concept.  Now, I wouldn’t necessarily make “7” a hard and fast number for every child on the spectrum but I […]

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She Never Water Skied Until She Joined First Baptist

September 8, 2011

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Tracey Seyler, a 50-year-old woman with cerebral palsy, had never shot a paintball gun before joining First Baptist Concord Church.  She had never water skied, zip lined or ridden in a hot air balloon.  But Sonshine Ministry at the Farragut church has given her and others with developmental disabilities the opportunity to do all these […]

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