Special Needs Children

The label of 'special needs' is used as a convenient way to include children with a wide arrange of diagnoses. Each of these children is indeed special, and consequently, they receive a lot of attention and care. Overlooked are the family members who provide this attention and care. Dealing with these children demands so much time and so much effort that it can leave them feeling totally drained.

If you are one of these family members, you are one who also needs attention and care. You need reassurance and encouragement in the care you are providing. Jim Kok and Care and Kindness Ministries recognizes that you may frequently feel weary — or perhaps you have gotten used to denying your own needs. We offer our loving support of what you are doing and suggest the resources below as thoughts that may help.

They are in the form of articles that Jim Kok has written, relevant postings from our 'Thoughts from Jim' column, recommended books written by Jim Kok, and helpful scripture verses.

Articles from Care Capsules

Cracked Pots

Do You Have To Be Asked?

Don't Keep Everything Secret

Just Walk With Me

Recommended Books

Miracle of Kindness (Chapter 3)

Thoughts from Jim

Turning Junk Into Good Stuff

Disability Builds Faith

Just Walk With Me

Stop Worrying; The Lord Holds On To You

Stop Worrying; The Lord Holds On To You (Part 2)

Turning Junk into Good Stuff

Happiness is Possible

We have blamed God too much!

Life Is God's Gift

Select Scripture verses

Psalm 30:4-5 You who are faithful to the Lord, sing praises to him; give thanks to his holy name! …Weeping may stay all night, but by morning, joy!

Psalm 147:3-6 He heals the heartbroken and bandages their wounds. He counts the stars and assigns each a name. Our Lord is great, with limitless strength; we’ll never comprehend what he knows and does. God puts the fallen on their feet again and pushes the wicked into the ditch.

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OFFERING CARE TO THOSE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN

The label of 'special needs' is used as a convenient way to include children with a wide arrange of diagnoses. Each of these children is indeed special, and consequently, they receive a lot of attention and care. Overlooked are the family members who provide this attention and care. Dealing with these children demands so much time and so much effort that can leave them feeling totally drained.

We can help these family members by giving attention to THEM. Share your empathy for what they are doing. Share your time by offering to help them in some way - maybe by simply arranging for a safe way for them to have some time to themselves.

Below are resources available from Care and Kindness Ministries that can be helpful to you in equipping you help fill this need. They are in the form of articles that Jim Kok has written, relevant postings from our 'Thoughts from Jim' column, recommended books written by Jim Kok, and helpful scripture verses. Draw from them to better equip yourself to offer help, love, and support to others.

Articles from Care Capsules

90% of Helping Is Just Showing Up!

The Vision Comes ALIVE!

Care For Me

Carpe Diem

Check Your Story At The Door

Cracked Pots

Dare to Care

Do Not Take My Pain From Me

Do Tell Your Story!

Do You Have To Be Asked?

Do You Have Two Ears? Or Three?

Do You Notice My Pain?

Does It Really Show?

Don't Cheer Me Up

Don't Keep Everything Secret

It's Not What I Say

Just Being There

Just Walk With Me

Naming The Elephant

Start with Listening

Weep With Those Who Weep

Words Make A Difference

Recommended Books

90% Of Helping Is Just Showing Up (Chapter 1, 2)

Miracle of Kindness (Chapter 4, 9)

Transform Belief Into Behavior (Chapter 6)

Thoughts from Jim

Just Walk With Me

Be 'Care'-full (Part2)

Be 'Care'-full (Part 3)

Positive Proof About Prayer

The Gift of Tears

Research on Prayer for Seeds

What Prayer Looks Like

Listening Is Not Easy

Don't Just Do Something. Stand There!

More Acts of Care and Kindness

God Heals. We Walk Along Side.

A Major Mistake When Helping the Hurting

10 Tips for Helping a Hurting Person

You Are Far More Than You Think You Are !

Select Scripture verses

1 Peter 4:10 Love makes up for practically anything. Be quick to give a meal to the hungry, a bed to the homeless—cheerfully. Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it: if words, let it be God’s words; if help, let it be God’s hearty help. That way, God’s bright presence will be evident in everything

Romans 12:15 Laugh with your happy friends when they’re happy; share tears when they’re down.

1 Corinthians 13: 4-7 Love is patient, love is kind, it isn’t jealous, it doesn’t brag, it isn’t arrogant, it isn’t rude, it doesn’t seek its own advantage, it isn’t irritable, it doesn’t keep a record of complaints, it isn’t happy with injustice, but it is happy with the truth. Love puts up with all things, trusts in all things, hopes for all things, endures all things.

Psalm 30:4-5 You who are faithful to the Lord, sing praises to him; give thanks to his holy name! …Weeping may stay all night, but by morning, joy!

Psalm 147:3-6 He heals the heartbroken and bandages their wounds. He counts the stars and assigns each a name. Our Lord is great, with limitless strength; we’ll never comprehend what he knows and does. God puts the fallen on their feet again and pushes the wicked into the ditch.