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Parents of special needs kids—they need us.

Posted on 6/21/2018 by Greg Yoder

Kathleen wrote to Parent Minute suggesting that we talk about raising disabled kids. Now, I’m no expert, so I got some help. According to,1 there are 20 things that every parent of a special needs child needs to hear.

  1. “You are not alone.” Find parents of special needs kids to talk to.
  2.  “You…deserve to be cared for.” For those of us listening, that means WE need to reach out to them and help out.
  3. “You aren’t perfect—and that’s ok!” We’re going to make mistakes. God even uses our mistakes to reach our families.
  4. “You are a superhero.” You do things most parents believe “are impossible.”
  5. “Therapy is play.” Don’t get upset when our kids treat it as gym class.

More tomorrow.

1This Parent Minute is based on “20 Things Every Parent of Kids with Special Needs Should Hear” by Dr. Darla Clayton, Psy.D.,

Suggested Reading: Psalm 139:13-14

Keys for Kids Parent Minute is a one-minute daily feature, hosted by Greg Yoder, the executive director of Keys for Kids Ministries. Amidst a vast sea of parenting experts, Greg is a real parent who’s had successes and failures raising kids. Greg shares the good and the bad about raising his own four kids–three of which are now adults. He’s a real parent and grandparent, talking to real parents and grandparents about real issues facing kids and their families today.

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