Sunday, March 13, 2011

Sunday Digest 29

I usually try to spread my linky love around a bit, but I have to admit there was lots of really good stuff over at Hopeful Parents since the last digest I wrote, so who am I to deny it...You will see most of the links below are from various contributors there. There are a lot of tough Special Parenting questions addressed there, too. Things like:
  • Should I even start this journey? (Yes)
  • At what point do we stop broadcasting our own story in hopes of helping others? (Depends)
  • How do you tell your kid what's going on with them? (Currently working on this ourselves...)
  • What do other people think of my kid? (More kindly than you might think in most cases.)
  • What about church? on...

1) Erik Linthorst is our first contribution from Hopeful Parents. You may have heard his story through the film "Autistic-Like: Graham's Story" that he made about his son, their journey from a diagnosis of ASD to SPD, and the treatments they used to help their son. He has made a follow up film which will air on PBS in April. In this post he talks about his decision to make this the last film for the sake of his son's privacy.

2) Tammy at Praying for Parker writes, as one who should know, to the heart of the mother who has been told that the baby she is carrying has Down Syndrome. Tammy wants them to know that their child has a life worth living ahead of them. She says it better than I can, but I believe she is right on.

3) Carrie Wilson Link from Hopeful Parents shares about how the movie about Temple Grandin helped open the conversation with her son about his autism.

4) Spectrummy Mummy also at Hopeful Parents tells the tale of taking her daughter to an optometrist and becoming nervous about her daughter's behavior, worried about what the doctor might think, only to discover that he thought her daughter was we twist ourselves in knots sometimes for no good reason.

5) Julie Holmquist (yes Hopeful Parents again) shares her family's experience bringing their son to church. It is stories like this one that made me want to start this blog. The Church needs to get on board and understand the special needs of children with physical, emotional, and neurological differences and their parents. Church should be a place of acceptance, love, respite, and encouragement, not exclusion.

1 comment:

Judie said...

Thanks for the nice comment on my post.

I want to tell you that I loved the movie about Temple Grandin. This film gives hope to so many parents whose children have been diagnosed with the autism spectrum. I have a very dear young friend whose son is severely autistic. He has shown great strides over the last four years.

Down Syndrome is no longer thought of as the horror story that it once was several decades ago. These children can be the sweetest, most loving children on earth, and what could possibly be better than love??

As for the church experience, I no longer believe in organized religion. I have seen first-hand the heartache it can produce.

This is a wonderful blog! Brava!!


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