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How Can Co-ops Support Parents?
Volume 117, Program 49
11/7/2013
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Parents of students with special needs often face unique challenges when it comes to parenting and teaching their children. Find out how your homeschool co-op can support these parents on today’s Home School Heartbeat,with host Mike Smith and HSLDA Special Needs Coordinator Faith Berens.

Mike Smith:
Faith, you told us before about some of the things co-ops should consider to help children with special needs become part of the group. Now what are some of the best ways that co-ops can support the parents of children with special needs?

Faith Berens:
Well, I want to say that, first of all, people with disabilities are the largest population group that’s missing from the body of Christ. So, first of all, just welcome parents and children and show the love of Jesus. Give empathy and compassion. Some practical things are just to lend a listening ear, maybe offer prayer support. Many families just really need a safe place to share their story and their journey, so I would encourage co-ops to maybe perhaps provide respite care, or get children together for play and social groups. Also co-ops could consider creating a resource-lending library for families and just really be a source of encouragement for families.

Mike:

Faith, thanks for sharing this great opportunity for all homeschoolers to make sure we’re showing the love of Jesus Christ to all children. And until next time, I’m Mike Smith.


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