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A Single Mother and her 4-year old daughter with ADHD

Crisis in the checkout line. A nasty comment. Mom snaps back. But it’s all uphill from there. 

A second, similar story. Both stories are about helpful people.

To access these informative stories:

Simplemost: This Mom’s Message About Having A Child With ADHD Is Going Viral (Raise your hand if you’re a parent and would appreciate a little slack!)

Rochel and Bentzion Groner’s North Carolina-based nonprofit which matches teen volunteers with children who have special needs such as autism:

 The Friendship Circle

A Friendship Circle Video (Not in English; enjoy the pictures! Also, give it a moment to load):

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

John Swinton: Who is the Stranger? A Practical Theology of Hospitality and Friendship


John Swinton is a theology professor at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. To learn more:

Wikipedia: John Swinton

Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness and Support

On Facebook there is a page for those who have had brain injuries to share their stories and information, most of which relate to healing:

Wikipedia: Concussion Anatomy

Facebook Group: Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness and Support

See below for larger picture & words

A few of the websites shared on this Facebook Page: 

Surviving Traumatic Brain Injury 

(Donna O’Donnell Figurski) Many personal stories, a list of resources, a book with the story of a caregiver (Donna) and more 

No Memory of the Day that Changed My Life

 (Michelle Munt) Her story, blog posts, chat groups, and more

The Hope After a Brain Injury Network

“Our Mission  is to Advocate, Educate, and Serve all Affected by Brain Injury” A Magazine, a Blog, Resources, and more



Charlotte Riggle’s Blog and Books

Charlotte Riggle is an Orthodox Christian writer. There’s a lot of helpful information in her posts and writings for people with disabilities, their families, and their friends.

          St. Nicholas of Myra

Here are some examples of her posts which touch on the lives of persons with disabilities:  

There are also many reviews of newly published children’s books in her blog. Here’s Charlotte Riggle’s home page and her two children’s books:

Home Page:  Charlotte Riggle  

Books: Catherine’s Pascha & The Saint Nicholas Day Snow

Shop: Books, Gifts, and Embroidery Patterns

“We Are All Children of God:” October 14, 2017 at Kansasville, Wisconsin

Mark your calendars. To enroll(ENTRY FORM)


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