- Sarah shares one lesson that’s getting through to her son as he learns to be tender with animals, “It brings me such joy to see this learned tenderness because it is one of the few instances in which the ‘getting through’ to them is visible.”
- Maybe you can relate to this from Lynn? “Over the past few months, I have sensed the Lord speaking to me about needing to play more and simply have fun. Somehow, I accidentally allowed the challenges of my daughter’s sensory processing disorder (SPD) to define our family and it has sucked us dry. Bone dry.”
- It’s Autism Awareness Month and Barb from Snappin’ Ministries has tools to help spread the word and encourage your heart!
- Gillian shares about her first Autism Awareness Day: “But this is our first World Autism Awareness Day. And I’m not prepared at all. Evangeline received her diagnosis of autism, in addition to Down syndrome, seven months ago. I remember thinking she might have autism five years ago, the day we met her in an orphanage in Ukraine. Fear climbed up my gullet that day, and I pushed it down.”
- This is a beautiful story from Jan about how all our gifts are important.
- Sandra encourages her readers to do more than be aware of autism, but to really care about the 1 in 68 kids affected. “Today, instead of asking you to be aware, I’m asking you to care. Put faces with the statistics. Everyone’s autism looks different because it is a spectrum disorder and each person with autism falls at a different place on the spectrum. For every fifteen year old you see on ESPN who shot the winning basket for his team, there’s even more fifteen year olds who are unable to even say ‘mom’ or ‘dad.’”
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Sandra is a pastor's wife and mom to two boys. She's the author of Speechless: Finding God's Grace in My Son's Autism and Held: Learning to Live in God's Grip (a Bible study for special-needs parents).