How Our Time On Songs Of Praise Gave Learnings For Us All
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by The Additional Needs Blogfather
2w ago
We had the privilege of taking part in the recent Father’s Day episode of BBC’s ‘Songs of Praise’, a weekly TV show each Sunday including inspiring hymns and songs, together with stories of faith from around the UK and beyond. Here are some reflections from the experience, and some learnings that we can all use to make a difference for the children and young people with additional needs that we are journeying with: Preparation and planning: When the production company got in touch to say that they would like to come and film me and James for the Father’s Day episode of ‘Songs of Praise ..read more
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Why The Next Government Must Prioritise The SEND Crisis
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by The Additional Needs Blogfather
3w ago
The most vulnerable, marginalised, and excluded children in our country, children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) are being catastrophically failed and placed in danger. All too often we see harrowing stories of disabled children being abused and ill-treated, of parents desperate to get the help they and their children so badly need, and of a system that is broken and failing. Image credit – Jon Tyson via Unsplash Just a few days ago we learned of the horrific abuse that had been happening at an independent SEND school in the Wirral. Staff at ‘Life Wirral’ in Wallasey we ..read more
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The Dads’ Fire Circle – Supporting Dad’s Of Children With Additional Needs
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by The Additional Needs Blogfather
3w ago
Many of us have something that we started during lockdown four years ago… mine was to start ‘The Dads’ Fire Circle’, a place for Dad’s (or Dad figures) of children of any age who have additional needs, to gather. Some Dad’s have small children, some have children in their 30’s, but all are on a similar journey. Over the last four years, we’ve met online every month; sometimes just a handful of us, sometimes a few more, to chat, share, mutually support, and journey with, other Dad’s on a similar journey to our own. The Dad’s that come along are from all over the UK and even further afield in s ..read more
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Rob Burrow: An Inspirational Life And Legacy
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by The Additional Needs Blogfather
1M ago
On Sunday 2nd June we heard the sad news that Rob Burrow CBE, former rugby league player for Leeds Rhinos, England, and Great Britain, and high profile campaigner for Motor Neurone Disease (MND), a condition that he was diagnosed with in 2019, had died aged 41. His family, announcing this news, commented that “Rob has always been a true inspiration throughout his life, whether that was on the rugby league field or during his battle with MND. He never allowed others to define what he could achieve and believed in his ability to do more.” As far as we know, Rob Burrow never expressed a faith, bu ..read more
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Can Churches Help Families With Children With Additional Needs Stay Together?
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by The Additional Needs Blogfather
2M ago
Sadly, you don’t have to look too hard to find that the statistics for families of children with additional needs breaking up are catastrophically high. Psychology Today reports that “… the rate of divorce in families with a child with disabilities may be as high as 87%. The divorce rate in families with a child with autism is about 80%”. While these alarming figures are at the top end of those published, the general consensus seems to be that the rates are considerably higher, perhaps twice as high, for families of children with additional needs, than for the rest of ..read more
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The Domino Effect – Understanding Routines
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by The Additional Needs Blogfather
4M ago
James has routines, lots of routines, routines for many of the key moments of the day; there is the ‘getting up’ routine, the ‘breakfast’ routine, routines for ‘going to the toilet’, ‘having our lunch’, ‘having dinner’ and ‘going to bed’. The bedtime routine is quite complex as it involves physical items, songs, and prayers, there are lots of things to remember. This reliance on routines is not unusual for children, young people, or young adults (like James) who journey with a range of additional needs and differences. James is Autistic, has Learning Difficulties, Epilepsy, and Anxiety; and t ..read more
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Sensory Overload And How We Can Help
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by The Additional Needs Blogfather
4M ago
Have you ever felt yourself becoming sensory overloaded? Perhaps even to the point where you have become sensory overwhelmed? Perhaps you were in an environment that was just too loud, or too bright, or there were strong smells, or there were too many people, or a combination of several of these and others… It is possible for many of us to become sensory overloaded, you may even recognise the triggers that affect you. I was in a supermarket recently that, like they do, was playing music. Usually it doesn’t bother me, but this time the song they were playing (a rather loud, screechy, contempor ..read more
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Jesus Heals Malchus, The High Priest’s Servant, During His Arrest
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by The Additional Needs Blogfather
6M ago
Jesus interacted with many people during his three years of ministry. Large crowds that gathered to hear him speak, people in the Synagogue when he was there to teach, his followers that journeyed with him; but there were many individuals who met with Jesus, and were transformed by their encounter with him, one-to-one. Many of these individuals had a disability, a health condition, or some other difference, that in their culture made life very hard for them. Bartimaeus who was blind, an unnamed woman had a condition that made her bleed, a boy is described as having a demon but probably had ep ..read more
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A Young Autistic Poet’s Story – Guest Post
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by The Additional Needs Blogfather
6M ago
Hi, I’m Romilly. I’m an Autistic 22 year old girl with a collection of medical conditions. For years I’ve struggled to make and maintain friendships; I didn’t understand others and they didn’t understand me. I often feel lonely and isolated because I just don’t understand the social rules that others seem to be born understanding. Despite my health issues, I got my GCSEs, however I was asked to leave the sixth form when my health issues became more ‘inconvenient’. I wanted to complete my education, but there was no one to support me in that. I went through a significant period of depression. O ..read more
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Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: A Story of Additional Needs Inclusion
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by The Additional Needs Blogfather
7M ago
At Christmas time we enjoy singing those favourite Christmas songs, and ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ is one of the most popular, but have you ever stopped for a moment to consider the lyrics to the song and realise that they are actually the story of many children with additional needs? Difference Rudolph is different to the other reindeer; he has a red nose that glows, and the others don’t. A physical difference that makes him stick out from all of his peers. Many children and young people with additional needs have differences which are visible, like Rudolph’s, although many also can ha ..read more
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