Archive for November, 2018

Invisible Disabilities: Sensory Processing Disorders (Dyspraxia, etc.)

STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder: Subtypes of SPD

Their Mission:

To improve the quality of life for children, adolescents and adults with SPD, and their families by providing:

  • Comprehensive assessment and effective intervention for Sensory Processing Disorder
  • Rigorous research with our collaborating university-based research partners
  • Education for caregivers, pediatric professionals, and educators; and
  • Advocacy for official recognition of SPD worldwide.

The Story of 7 year old Luc Carpenter from County Kildare, Ireland:

 The Irish Times: Dyspraxia – A Disability that Nobody Can See

See Also: The Dyspraxia Foundation

Videos Explaining Dyspraxia:


Embracing All God’s Children

This is a marvelous resource for parents or friends of children (or adults) with special needs!

Children from Bangladesh

The full title: 

Embracing All God’s Children: Including Those with Special Needs in the Church Community, by Wendy Cwiklinski

Ms. Cwiklinski (Matushka Wendy – she’s an Orthodox Priest’s wife) has several children with disabilities of her own and personally knows the challenges.

She briefly explains the nature of invisible disabilities, PDD (which includes autism), ADHD, Mental Health Issues, and Co-Morbid Disorders (LD, Tourette Syndrome, ODD, Anxiety and Depression, SID). She then gets into the many sources of help (a wellness team) for the challenges which must be addressed. And there are suggestion on how the Church family can help to include the special needs person in your family, or in your circle of friends. There are helpful illustrations and pictures in this presentation, including a picture of her family.

To Access:

Embracing All God’s Children


Other Helpful resources by Wendy Cwiklinski for Download

Modern Christianity’s Mental Health Stigma Must End

Getting Past “Pray about it. Have more faith!” 

To access: Relevant Magazine: Modern Christianity’s Mental HealthStigma Must End by Rachel Moreland

Rachel Moreland shares her thoughts and feelings about many frustrating encounters in Church, as well as the stigma in the workplace and elsewhere.

What I am warning against are the instances when the Church uses clichés to dismiss what is a very complex and multifaceted issue. 

More on the Subject:



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