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Saints for Students with Learning Difficulties

Saints for Students with Learning Difficulties 

by Agatha Rodi

from the webpage of  Charlotte Riggle



Ms. Rodi is a teacher in Greece who feels blessed to be teaching children with disabilities who have been mainstreamed into her classrooms. She speaks of prayers which enable both teacher and student, and of Saints who she finds especially helpful as she works with students with dyslexia, autism, issues with working memory, short-term memory, stuttering, and ADHD,

St. John of Kronstadt from Wikimedia Commons

She lists four Saints to whom she prays, and how certain of these Saints helped a student of hers with learning difficulties. And she writes of these things in an inspirational way:
Be inspired and don’t hesitate to teach students with special talents. They will surprise you along the course of time, and you will feel how much they changed you as a human being. The impact is huge.  . . . .          d Prayer is the key!  . . . .   s Faith is the magic word to make the impossible, possible!

Brain Injury Rehabilitation

(With a focus on Prism Adaption Treatment) a video will appear in a moment . . .

See also From Wikipedia – Prism Adaption

Glory to Thee, O God!

Glory to Thee for Thy mercies, seen and unseen; Glory to Thee through every sigh of my sorrow;
Glory to Thee for every step of my life’s journey for every moment of glory; Glory to Thee, O God, from age to age!

– from the “Akathist of Thanksgiving” (“Glory to God for All Things”), composed by Metropolitan Triphon  Turkestanov, killed in Soviet Russia in 1934- A Christian Martyr

 A Free Online Version of the Akathist of Thanksgiving

The Full Text

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

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:





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