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Ellen Stumbo
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Hope and Encouragement for Special Needs Parents
Hope and Encouragement for Special Needs Parents

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"It’s no secret many special needs parents are weighted down by the everyday demands in life. Sometimes, it feels as if you’re merely surviving.

If you have ever parented from the trenches, you know how desperate you can feel and how even the smallest task – like doing laundry – feels so overwhelming that you lock yourself in the bathroom and cry. I’ve been there."

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"In faith circles it is not uncommon for persons with disabilities to show up and have people approach them to pray for their healing. Healing from their disability. And because the issue of “healing” is such a prevalent experience to those who are disabled, I thought we should talk about disability and healing."

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"This is the hope in which we walk. When the challenges and struggles of autism hit us hard, we do not despair. We continue to hope in the grace-filled moments like these where we feel and hear the whisper of God tell us that in the middle of it all, threaded through every fear and every tear, He is making all things new – little by little. He calms our fearful anxieties. He makes our tearful hearts smile. He turns the chaos to peace. He makes the struggle more beautiful because it ends with the sweet kisses of our autistic boy."

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"Nichole is usually a joy, but there are frustrating times when I have to stop a second and remember, “She has Down syndrome, things might not always be as easy for her as they are for me.” Sometimes it’s hard to be her sister because she often goes into my room and plays with my toys. Or she steals as many toys as she can carry in her arms and hides them for herself. But I think that’s just part of having a sister."

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"Having a child with a disability can make life different from what other moms of typical children experience. On a day like Mother’s Day, while friends receive cards from their kids, breakfast in bed as a result of the loving attempt from little chefs, and homemade gifts, you heart yearns for the day you hear your child say the words, “I love you,” or a day with no medical complications, or to have someone come along your side and remind you that you are not alone.

Today, I want you to know you are not alone, and I want to celebrate you and the wonderful mother that you are."

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"And that’s it, isn’t it? We all want to be treated with dignity and respect.
There is not much dignity in treating a person with a disability different from an abled-bodied person.
There is no much room for respect when words feel patronizing.
I have experienced being treated differently because I am Mexican, but I had never experiences being treated different because someone presumed I was disabled.
Disability attitudes matter."

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"Much of what we do as a parents seems trivial: laundry, cooking, making beds. But when our children look back at this beautiful messy life, this is what we will want our kids to remember."

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7 Reassuring Facts Every Special Needs Parent Needs to Know

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"Sometimes you feel as if you are not enough. But you don’t need more motivation, inspiration, or research. You don’t need more one-on-one time with your child. You don’t need more medical knowledge. You don’t need to know about all the new ground-braking therapies or interventions for your child. You don’t need to compare your kid with other kids who have the same diagnosis yet seem to be doing better. You don’t need any of that because even if you doubt it, you are enough!"

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"Last week Tonia Christle, from Tonia Says, wrote a series of five posts about growing up with a disability. So this week we got connected on Skype for an interview."
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