Every child receiving services in the special education system is required to complete a series of assessments every three years. Many of these happen in the spring. Whatever time of year it happens, it’s a rigorous and often emotional season for many special needs parents and their children. It’s a season when a fairly large…

Below are the 3 curriculum options HSM Small Group Leaders have to choose from on the topic of Living for Jesus. If you’d like to know which curriculum your student’s small group is covering, please ask your HSM Campus Pastor or email sarahbeth@gethope.net Kingdom of God is Like… (Live Curriculum) Jesus spoke extensively about the…

Transitions are like riding a Rollercoaster! Most people have had an OPPORTUNITY to ride a rollercoaster, however the EXPERIENCE is VERY different. When you stare up at the towering structure with loops, dips, and drops and then you see the car zoom by with great speed – you see people with their hands up, others…

Splinks for the week of February 23-29, 2020 Mirror Image Fold a piece of paper in half long end to long end, then have your child write his or her name on the fold line. (Cursive is great!) Trace the name with black crayon and then press the fold closed again so that it will…

It’s a question many Christian parents of a child with special needs or a disability ask: a question that can be really hard to answer, especially when the child in question has limited communication. But perhaps there are clues that we can find and piece together: things that Jesus did or understanding the ways our…

“Bubba, bubba, bubba,” my daughter sings as she gestures towards her little brother. “Stop it, Jaycee,” Elijah says in exacerbated tone. “Oh, bubba,” Jaycee happily replies, as she leans in for a hug. I love watching the relationship between my children grow. Years ago, they cuddled up on her bed and watched Disney Jr. together….

Pumpkin pie, turkey, football, stuffing, twinkling lights, snowflakes swirling down, pies, family gatherings, gifts around a tree, and cookie decorating. The holidays. They inspire a feeling of cozy warmth, celebration, and cherished memories. Until they don’t. Until thinking of those memories breaks your heart in pieces because life has changed. You now have a child…

  What Do You Think? Read from the list below (or create your own) and ask family members to decide whether the task is hard or easy to do. Ask them to move to one side of the room if they think it is easy, or to the other side if it is hard. Some…

Important Steps Use string, tape, or some other way to mark a starting line and a finish line about 10 feet apart.  Instruct family members to line up at the starting line and follow instructions as they are read. Suggested instructions: Take one step forward if you have been kind today. Take one step forward…

Who Am I? Write the names of people (fictional or not) on individual slips of paper. Choose random names or select characters from a favorite movie or book. Have family members take turns drawing one of the slips and answering yes and no questions about the name chosen. Very young children might need some help….

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