(dis)Abilities and the Gospel: A Guide for Parents and Teachers
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(dis)Abilities and the Gospel: A Guide for Parents and Teachers

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Each day, parents and Church leaders struggle to teach individuals with special needs. Using real-life stories and a touch of humor, this inspiring book guides you to teach effectively, overcome communication barriers, and build strong relationships with people of all ages with disabilities. Discover each person's ability to learn and grow as you help them feel like a valu...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published May 14th 2011 by Cedar Fort, Inc. (first published May 6th 2011)
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John Ferguson
Since I am the husband of one of the authors, this review is completely biased. That being said, this is the book I wish we had had when we started our journey with Autism. It has helpful advice for parents, friends, teachers and leaders. It has counsel founded on the teachings in the gospel and discusses many tough issues facing those with disabilities and those who support them. It also has touching stories that will inspire you through the frustrating times. I encourage anyone who knows, work...more
Heather
There could not be a better time for me to be reading this book. Six years ago our first child was diagnosed with special needs, a year later her brother was diagnosed with Asperger's, and this year our youngest child was diagnosed with autism. As a mother with experience in sensory processing, mood disorders, speech delays and ADD... I applaud both of the authors! They know what they are talking about. Their words are heart felt and well researched; their methods have been tried in the home and...more
Tamera Westhoff
I completely LOVE this book! I think there should be at least one in every stake and ward building to have as a reference! It's perfect for parents, teachers, leaders equally! It even helps for not only those with (dis)abilities but those that are "typical." Fantastic! I like the short chapters with tons of information and the way the coauthors work together to talk in their forte. They even have PECS pictures that you can access on their websites! This book covers Church classes, Cub and Boy Sc...more
Ali Cross
This book was everything I hoped it would be. I went in expecting a useful tool in working with children and adults with disabilities and it is definitely that.

It's also a great resource for what different diagnoses mean (explained in ways that are easy to understand), including strategies in how to accomodate potential learning styles or needs into our lesson presentations.

I learned how I could be an effective scout leader for a boy with autism. How to help young women welcome and embrace a pe...more
Mary V
(dis)Abilities and the Gospel: A Guide for Parents and Teachers, By Lynn Parsons and Danyelle Ferguson was a book I won on Goodreads. It was a very insightful book about how children and adults with all types of disabilities ( or rather different-from-the-norm ABILITIES) can still benefit from religious education and participation in their church. It was written with specific references to The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints, because that's where these two ladies worship. I myself am...more
Tristi
I am a very lucky duck. I've been blessed with great friends, amazing experiences, and have had the chance to be involved in some projects I truly believe in. (dis)Abilities and the Gospel is one of those projects.

I was first contacted by Danyelle Ferguson several years ago when she was putting this book together. I've known her for years - in fact, I'm currently living in the house she sold me - and when she came to me and asked me for advice, I was immediately struck by just how very needed th...more
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Having a son who has Asperger's, I was very anxious to read (dis)Abilities and the Gospel. I think this is a long-needed and much welcome resource. The authors speak from personal experience as each has children with special needs.

The book is one you can read straight through, but it's also one that you can pick up and just search or read a chapter. General information about special needs as well as specific information about particular diagnoses is included. I particularly appreciated that ther...more
Shauna
Jun 10, 2011 Shauna added it
What a great idea for a book! I like how they talk about each different disorder and explain their characteristics and how to work with them in the home or classroom. The book gives you great tips and techniques for all types of settings such as activity days, young womens, scouts, etc...

We all deal with people that have disabilities and after reading this book I feel more confidant that I can help them understand the Gospel better. This is a book you can refer back to over and over. Come enter...more
Rachael
If you have a disabled child, work with disabled children, or want to know how you can better help families coping with special needs, this book is a must read! It's written by people who have special needs children and have worked with all sorts of special needs individuals. It's absolutely fantastic! It covers made different disabilities and discusses techniques to use for everyone from young children to adults. Primary, scouts, activity days, young men, young women, camp, seminary, home and v...more
C.k. Bryant
I had the privilege of reading this book before it was actually published and I have to say, "It's about time!" I've waited impatiently for its release and am anxious to pass the word of its arrival along to everyone I know. This is a MUST HAVE for any parent, grandparent, teacher or church leader who works with or provides care for a disabled person. The authors have done a great job of dividing the subject matter up into chapters that can be easily read and referred to. As a mother of a sevent...more
Chris Tucker
I loved the book. I tried to just read it straight through, but once I got to the chapters that did not apply to my children I felt that I had read far enough. I skimmed over the rest of the book to be familiar with the contents and plan to read the chapters a year before my children begin to have those experiences.
Would suggest anyone who has a child or works with a child who has special needs would benifit from reading even just "their" part of the book.
Rebecca Talley
A definite must-read for anyone who works with kids with special needs. Lots of helpful advice and ideas on reaching those who struggle in classroom settings. I think it's a valuable resource for any teacher, even for those who teach children who don't have a specific diagnosis because these strategies can help with any kids.

Fantastic book.
'becca
There are a few middle chapters I skipped because my child with special needs isn't old enough yet for them to be pertinent. I'll read them later.

I appreciate the good ideas, and I especially appreciate the feeling that I am not alone!

It's a good resource to be able to share with those who work with William at church.
Fay Klingler
I did not finish reading this book because some of the materials did not pertain to what I needed. However, this book is extremely well written and has an incredible amount of valuable material in it. I was very impressed with the writing, format, and help provided.
Heather
Great resource for parents and church leaders on how to integrate and involve people with special challenges into their classes and church family. This book covers considerations for every age and stage of life.
Melissa
This is proving to be very helpful. There are 4 kids in our Primary on Sundays that make things a challenge. This book has many helpful suggestions and applicable ideas and solutions.
Dani Dennis
Such a good book, with so many helpful advice. Loved it!
Janiece
Great resource. Kept thinking how great it would be to have this book available in our ward and stake. Great information for church leaders and teachers as well as parents and extended family. Personally, it was also comforting and reaffirming and nice to know that someone else understands and that my experiences and thoughts and fears are shared by others. I will refer to this again and refer others to it.
Sheila
As I read the book, I was so excited to see how Danyelle and Lynn have provided so much information for those working with people that have special needs. The wonderful thing about this book is that even though it is written for people in the LDS church, the ideas will work for anyone of any religion.

To read the full review please go to my blog at http://www.whynotbecauseisaidso.blogs...
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