Building faith and community with special-needs families
Welcome to the Walk Right In Ministries blog!
Walk Right In Ministries’ co-founder Lisa Jamieson is the primary contributor to the WRIM blog. She also serves on the writing team for Key Ministry and regularly contributes articles to their popular special needs parenting blog and the Church4EveryChild blog. You can also visit Lisa’s personal blog at lisamjamieson.org. We trust you will find encouragement, insight, hope, and many useful articles with the following like-minded organizations as well:
Some people learn to be well organized. Others are just born with the gift. In any case, having an effective organizer on the team of caregivers supporting your loved one and family is a valuable blessing.
In today’s post we’re exploring some challenges and opportunities for caregivers who are refreshed by getting organized. We’ll also look at what is different when being organized comes naturally compared to when it is a learned skill.
This is an ongoing series exploring what puts caregivers in their "sweet spots" when supporting a family member with special needs.
This is the latest installment in our series helping caregivers find their "sweet spots."
When family members are caring for a loved one with disabilities or other special needs, the household runs, in many ways, like a small business. There are daily needs for logistics management, ordering supplies, doing paperwork, tag-teaming or scheduling help in shifts and maintaining morale.
Today, we are exploring the roles of leaders and followers. Like any strong business, the thriving caregiving team embraces the strengths of both.
This article is part of an ongoing series looking at what puts caregivers in their "sweet spots" when supporting a family member with special needs.
Today we’re exploring challenges and opportunities for caregivers whose gift is for creativity.
Creativity is a wonderful gift! It is a particularly valued gift in special needs families, especially when an injection of new ideas and fresh energy is needed. Creative caregivers can be such a tremendous help in a family where there is great need for solving problems, finding new approaches to long-standing challenges, livening up tedious routines, spicing up the food menu, identifying new motivators for therapies, re-designing a home or room for unique functionality, making an old toy fun again and so much more.
Today we’re exploring some challenges and opportunities for caregivers who prefer life at a slow, steady and relatively predictable pace.
It may be surprising for you to know that your family longs for your involvement — not just because more hands make lighter work but because they genuinely enjoy your presence.
Caregiving requires a lot of energy. It can be challenging to maintain the mental and emotional reserves for the normal activities of daily living. Many situations are physically demanding as well. In some cases, there may be little margin for the kinds of activities or rest that refuel the caregiver whose energy level generally runs on the low side.
If this describes you or someone close to you, I think you’ll find encouraging tips to understand and optimize your unique strengths.
This is the sixth article in a series helping caregivers tap into their strengths.
Today we’re exploring some challenges and opportunities for caregivers who tend to be independent and are needed in some kind of caregiving role with a loved one.
Independent people have wonderful potential to be very effective caregivers. Your strong decision-making abilities and great capacity to take on responsibilities will work to your advantage. You may, however, feel like the schedules and needs of others are cramping your style.
This is the fifth article in a series exploring what puts family caregivers in their "sweet spots" when supporting someone with special needs.
When you are raising a child with disabilities or caring for a loved one with complex needs, there is always plenty to think about. There are decisions to weigh, strategies to plan, causes to support, and perspectives to consider. It’s wonderful to have someone on the caregiving team who has the capacity for keen observation and analysis. You may even be energized by serving the caregiving team through a role of that nature. But you may also feel prone to anxiety if forced to bear this role alone or under pressures of deadlines.
Do you have a thirst for knowledge? Do you have a strong capacity to thoughtfully weigh a variety of options when you’re at a crossroads? Perhaps you’re the one in the family who researches therapy and treatment options. Do you have a helpful critical eye when it comes to reviewing details on your child’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP)? When someone suggests it’s time to start thinking about guardianship or future planning for your loved one with special needs, are you already two steps ahead starting the file with background information?
In this fourth article in our series exploring what puts family caregivers in their "sweet spots," we’re looking at some challenges and opportunities for caregivers who think deeply.
We welcome guest writers too! It is our joy to help share your stories and resources. Whether you are a published author, a writer looking for a platform in the disability movement or the family member of someone with extra needs, please don’t hesitate to contact us for Submission Guidelines.