God Made the Senses: Bible Verses and Activities
Getting kids to participate in bible studies can be challenging, and with younger children with sensory processing issues it can be that much more difficult. Let’s look at some ways to incorporate God into some engaging sensory activities.
Intro to Bible Learning at Home
Making Bible Study a regular part of your family time can be uncomfortable if it isn’t something you were raised with as a child. It can definitely feel like something better left to a Sunday school teacher. However, God wants the family as a unit to worship Him and pray to Him even outside of the walls of the church. The Church, with a capital “c”, is the Body of Christ. We are to be the Church everywhere we go, including our own homes. This doesn’t mean to plan a sermon or give out pop quizzes, but it does mean to be more intentional about sharing God and the Good News of Salvation with our children.
Think of sharing the Word of God...
10 Christian Parenting Tips for Sensory Super-Heroes
Why can’t we just use traditional parenting methods instead of sensory parenting?
This question can have several different meanings depending on the person who is asking it. A bystander at the market or restaurant may be wondering why your child wasn’t properly disciplined. “Why not a time-out? Take away a toy? Give a spanking?” they might add. A mother or grandmother may want to know why you have shunned your upbringing by using new-wave trends. But a parent of an ASD child or child with other sensory issues may be asking, “Why, oh why is nothing working?” If you are a Christian, you’ve probably heard Proverb 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Try as we may to train our children and teach them right from wrong, it can feel hopeless.
When comparing traditional parenting methods to sensory parenting methods, it...
Did God Make Disabilities?
Seeking the Truth
One thing that has become increasingly popular in our world is the need to find a label for everything. A label for what decade a person was born, a term for what sub-culture your music is associated with, Pluto was a planet but now it’s not though some say it should be—the truth is, we are always looking to use proper vocabulary and titles in nearly every circumstance. This same can be said of God. He has many names and titles in the Bible, but they are all referring to the same Lord. The same can be said of people. Not only do we label one another by location and religion, but also by diagnosis. For a person with a disability, or for a person who cares for someone with a disability, there are so many stigmas and stereotypes being thrown at us from all directions. Doctors, politicians, aunts, uncles, teachers, and the person at the supermarket all seem to know what’s going on. Despite what label you may have been placed...
Scripture and Sensory Processing
Asking the Hard Questions
As we move forward with modern medicine and treatments, new discoveries and diagnosis, and even renaming old diagnosis as we learn more about the human mind and body, one might think there should be a cure or a treatment to end all problems. The reality though, for those of us with or who love a person with a Sensory Processing Issue, is that we might be leading a life of constant treatments.
Constantly seeking therapy, trying new methods, and coping with life in general in the midst of all this can be overwhelming at best. Sometimes, even the best days end with a heavy burden. No matter how hard we may try to accept things as they are and work forward with a positive attitude, that gaping question looms in the mind like a creeping shadow: Why did God let this happen? Why would God make me/my friend/my daughter/my son this way? We ask these questions from a place of hurt and sheer exhaustion, when all the while the answer...
Mental health is such an important part of parenting. In the hustle and bustle of caring for children, it can be so easy to put aside our own needs as we meet theirs.
What’s more, is that is can seem to be a personal conflict leaving us wondering—why me?
The fog of questions loom in:
What am I doing wrong?
Why does my own child reject me?
Did I do something to deserve this?
I’m convinced you are doing everything in your power to give your child the best life possible. It is not easy raising any child, but the weight a parenting a child with sensory processing issue or other special needs can be tenfold. Don’t let these questions that lead to worry and resentment take over!
Ephesians 4: 31-32 says,
“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
You might have read on my homepage, “Everybody's sensory thumbprint is unique”. This is something I absolutely believe in!
Every child is different.
I do not believe in a cookie-cutter solution. What I do believe in is God’s spiritual gifts that have lead me throughout the years to help others experience the peace that passes understanding. This is through an abundance of knowledge in raising children and working with those with ASD, ADHD, Dyspraxia, Developmental coordination disorder (DCD), MS, and many other people with no specific diagnosis at all.
Jesus Christ brought us newness of life in the Holy Spirit and baptism; God wants us to experience the fullness and joy in this life. Even in the hardest times, we are called to count it all as joy and seek His goodness and light.
Having a Christian approach to identifying and regulating sensory processing disorders opens a new door: hope.
“We were therefore buried with him through...
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” –John 16:33
Working with children with ASD and sensory processing disorders, I have seen so much hope and joy throughout the years in seeing progress, but I’ve also seen the troubles. The troubles are why I’m here. It is my joy and calling to help others manage special needs and sensory processing issues, and I am thrilled to offer online courses that are tailored to your child’s individual needs through the coaching.
Like with anything in life, there will also be ups and downs. Jesus wants us to remember that He has already done the hardest part for us. He died and rose again so that we might be free from sin. But in our earthly life there is still work to be done! Let’s take a moment to reflect on the joy of children in this fun list. I think anyone with children can relate!
I wonder if you are aware of what you think and why it's important?
Well, if we look at our worldviews and what we think of ourselves and our disabilities, struggles, children, issues, marriage, then whether we have 'Greek' way of thinking or 'Hebrew' way of thinking makes a huge difference in how we deal with these and how much joy, peace, and abundance we live with.
Let me explain a little more...
I wonder - How do you think?
Let's look at 6 differences in Part 1:
1) GREEK: Mother Earth is the impersonal source of all life on earth - therefore we evolved with no value or meaning so it's up to us to make our own life purpose.
HEBREW: Father God is...
We’ll uncover hidden processes that could be sabotaging all your best efforts. You’ll leave the session renewed with hope for the future, understood, your faith honoured, and inspired to finally put plans into action for your family that will last a lifetime.