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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

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From Summer Kinard: Writing, Autism, & Theology as a Mother of Joy

Summer Kinard is a Greek Orthodox Christian mother who home-schools five children, four of whom are autistic; she is highly qualified to do this, as she has earned two Master’s degrees. Her advise in regard to being supportive of persons on the autism spectrum has real depth:

7 Ways to Act on Your Autism Awareness in Church

What stands out on the following page is the practicality of her advice. She gets down to the nitty gritty:

Special Needs Resources

Also, A Video from Summer Kinard’s You Tube Page. Subscribe to Access all of them: Summer Kinard: Awetism

An Orthodox Christian teacher’s thoughts for the parents of her former students who have special needs

A Post from The Quest for Healing: 

To the Parents of My Former Students Who Have Special Needs

by Maria Crassas, an educator, special needs mom, and health advocate. In her own words: “I am blessed with a son who has Down syndrome and autism.” As she perused her son’s IEP report, she had an insight, which she shares here. (My son is more than this IEP report.) And then she thought about her students and their parents. Read what Maria shares with them, from her heart, in her post.  

 

“Everything Tells Us about God:” An Autism-Accessible Book

Everything Tells Us About God is an illustrated children’s picture book by Katherine Bolger Hyde. The illustrations are by Livia Coloji.  Also: (Livia’s Facebook page)

The following blog post is a conversation about the book  between Charlotte Riggle and Summer Kinard, A brief summary description would not do the book justice, and these ladies provide a substantial commentary on Everything Tells Us About God:

Everything Tells Us about God: An Autism-Accessible Book

The Publisher’s Page: Ancient Faith: Everything Tells Us About God

A 12 Minute Audio Interview: Ancient Faith: An Interview with Katherine Bolger Hyde

Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America: Gleanings From a Book: Everything Tells Us About God by Katherine Bolger Hyde

The following one minute You Tube clip concerning another of Kathryn Bolger Hyde’s books, Lucia, Saint of Light, is read by Chrissi Hart:

 

 

 

Breakthrough Study Reveals Biological Basis for Sensory Processing Disorders in Kids

from The University of California San Francisco News Center:

A Biological Basis for Sensory Processing Disorders in Kids

by Juliana Bunim

The discoveries this article relates provide answers for parents with children who have SPD, and, Lord willing, to some ways of dealing with the challenges these children face.

Two You Tube Videos for an introduction to Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD):

May 26 – St. Nicholas Program: Youth with Disabilities and Their Families; Emlenton, PA

Dr. Eric Carter: Creating a sense of belonging for Children and Adults with Disabilities

NOTE: Dr. Eric Carter is not affiliated with LDS or Brigham Young University; he first studied at Wheaton College and now is a Professor in the Department of Special Education at Vanderbilt University. He has concentrated his efforts toward the inclusion of people with disability in Churches, and while not an Orthodox Christian, has a lot of good insights that could be put into practice in Orthodox Christian Parishes. The following resource is fairly short and simple, summarizing the major themes he has found to be most helpful:

Ten simple ways to create a sense of belonging for children and adults with disabilities

 


Also, one of the many of Dr. Carter’s Presentations on You Tube. This one of the shorter ones:




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Here are some other resources he has placed online which go into the details of these themes:

Putting faith and job seekers with disabilities to work

(Gal 5:6: For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.)

One of Dr. Eric Carter’s Books:

Including People with Disabilities in Faith Communities: A Guide for Service Providers, Families, and Congregations

Bio: Dr. Eric Carter Also: His Faith Ability Page

Supporting The Expression of Spirituality For Persons with Intellectual Disabilities:

http://faithanddisability.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/RESEARCH-REPORT-.pdf


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