Disability and Special Needs

If your family includes people with disability and special needs, you’re not alone. Whether you need practical ideas or the comfort of companionship, we’re with you. If you’re looking for a particular topic, check the index.



When Charley Met Emma: A social story about disability

When Charley Met Emma: A social story about disability

It took me a while to figure out why I like When Charley Met Emma so much. At first glance, it’s everything I don’t like in a picture book. But I love it! Seriously. It’s a delightful book. It took me a long while to figure out why it’s so delightful. Let’s start with...
The Secrets Hidden Beneath the Palm Tree: A picture book about deafness

The Secrets Hidden Beneath the Palm Tree: A picture book about deafness

I’ll start with a disclaimer: I love Angeliki Pedersen, author of The Secrets Hidden Beneath the Palm Tree. We attend the same parish, and I think I must have met her the first time we visited here. She’s the kind of person that reaches out to strangers at coffee hour...
Pascha for families with special needs

Pascha for families with special needs

Most children love the idea of a celebration that takes place in the middle of the night! But their parents, who are already tired by the time the Pascha service begins at midnight, may wonder how to attend with peace and joy, instead of frustration and tears....
Growing up later: Autistic people in their twenteens

Growing up later: Autistic people in their twenteens

The unnavigated twenteens of the autistic emerging adult Guest post by Alana Sheldahl It’s an early January day and I am the arch-type harried stay-at-home mom. I had one young person who needed to see her doctor today, so I drove her there. After that appointment, we...
9 steps to an autism-accessible home library

9 steps to an autism-accessible home library

When you love books, you want your children to love books, too. But Summer Kinard’s kids are particularly rough on books. Instead of hiding books away from them, she figured out how to make a home library that works for them. Here, she explains the nine things...
How to love strangers: Lessons in philoxenia

How to love strangers: Lessons in philoxenia

It’s Tuesday, so I should have another picture book review for you. In fact, I’ve been trying to review a lovely picture book about a queen and a Christmas tree. But the news over the last week has been so bleak and so sad that I haven’t been able to write about...

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