Eye Opening Documentary Addresses Challenging Behavior

In today’s post, Phil Stegink reviews Who Cares About Kelsey?, an eye-opening film that raises questions about school practices and strategies that create a supportive school environment.  In the documentary, filmmaker Dan Habib (director of Including Samuel) confronts a challenging and critically important issue facing . . .

Why I Choose Person-First Language

You were created in God’s image (Genesis 1:27). You have value and worth because of this truth alone. Your personality, your talents, your capabilities, your IQ – none of these qualities determine your value. You are a child of God . . .

Why Saying “Congratulations” Matters

For today’s post, we asked our friend Dan Quist, Church Relationship Coordinator at Elim Christian Services, to share this personal story on the importance of celebrating each newborn’s life. I had the opportunity to present the 5 Stages at a . . .

Depression in the Classroom

The sun will come out soon…right? Many of us are still attempting to plow (pun intended) through our historically dark and deep Winter of 2014.  And it gets exhausting.  The grown-ups get exhausted, and eventually, even the kids get exhausted.  . . .

Vacation Guide for Parents of Children with Special Needs

Spring break is coming up soon, and for many families with children with special needs, this can be a week full of change and anxiety. We’ve put together a guide to make this vacation (whether at home or someplace warm) . . .

High Schoolers Demonstrate True Community

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to attend the Connections Banquet, an inclusive night of fun, entertainment, and dancing for high school students, alumni, and friends from around West Michigan. Prior to the event, I’d seen pictures from previous . . .