Special Needs

Creating an Inclusive Missions Learning Environment for Children Who Learn Differently

When we create learning environments for missions education, we often forget to plan for children who learn differently. Many preparations for children who learn differently are easy to include in the classroom, but there may be some that you haven’t considered.

Leading Children Who Learn Differently: Emotional Conflict

Sometimes you will have a child in your ministry whom you do not feel equipped to handle because you haven’t been trained in that area. Volunteers in churches working with children with disabilities often feel this way.

Leading Children Who Learn Differently: ADHD

If you’ve taught children in any capacity, you’ve probably encountered a child with ADHD—the child who can’t sit still or the one who blurts out the answer even when you’ve repeatedly asked him to wait for his turn. Sometimes, your patience wins out and you successfully finish your lesson.

Understanding Preschoolers with Special Needs: Disruptive Behavior Disorders

Dealing with a defiant child

All preschoolers have times when they fight over toys, push or hit others, raise their voices, or have an occasional temper tantrum. These are normal for preschoolers because they do not yet have the language skills, social abilities, and problem-solving skills to help them cope when they become angry or tired. For some preschoolers and children, these negative behavior issues intensify and become more of a problem. Their patterns of aggressive and defiant behavior are heightened and go beyond what is normal for their age. These extreme behaviors are known as disruptive behavior disorders.

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