Special Needs Parenting

Special Need Parents have it difficult. Often it is even more difficult in the Philippines. The support system is spotty at best. The school system, even where it does accommodate special needs children, is overcrowded, teachers overworked, and children are put together in the same classroom who should not be. There is also a cultural tendency to keep special needs children hidden away at home.

Much of these problems are world-wide. With that in mind, here is a blog article that we think you might enjoy. It is called “11 Things I’ve Learned Since Becoming a Special-Needs Parent.”  Here are the first three items. To read the rest, click on the article at the bottom of this post.

1.  Not knowing is a lot harder than knowing.   Yes, there is a lot we can do via therapy to help our children walk, talk, learn, etc.  But the hardest thing to admit is that most of it is simply up to their brain and its wiring.  There are no certain predictors that a special needs child will develop speech, be able to read, be potty-trained, or become self-sufficient .  Good signs, yes.  But nothing is certain.  The not knowing can drive you crazy if you let it.

2.  The internet is a blessing and a curse.  On one hand, there is valuable information out there.  Yet, information overload can get you stuck.  You end up reading too many awful things — that often don’t apply to your child at all — and it can deplete your hope and make you paranoid.

3.  Connecting to the special-needs community (whether it be acquaintances, support groups, or the internet) can be both a lifesaver and bummer.  It is vital to find people who know what you are going through.  Yet, sometimes it can produce even more negative feelings.  Since there is always someone who has it worse than you, it can make you feel guilty for complaining.  And, since there is always someone else who has it much better, you can sometimes forget that, when it comes to parenting, stress and worry are relative.  Those people are just as immersed in their concern over their children as you are and, understandably, aren’t grateful simply because it could be worse.  It can always be worse.

To Read More, Click on THIS ARTICLE


Family Thanksgiving, AVRC

Going to AVRC-1 (in Dagupan City) for Family Thanksgiving Day on September 29th. Celia, our training coordinator at Bukal Life, will be the guest speaker. AVRC is a DSWD center for training special needs adults. The event honors special needs adults training for jobs in the workforce, as well as their families.

Special Needs Ministry Training at PBTS

We had a great time with a half day training in incorporating Special Needs children, adults (and their families) into the church and ministry. 70 people attended the training. These included the Bukal Life CPE trainees, teachers from Calvary Baptist Elementary School, and church education leaders. The training was led by Bob and Celia Munson of Bukal Life, and Julie Sibucao, the principal at Calvary Baptist Elementary School.

Special Needs Ministry Training At CBES

Special Needs Ministry Training

Individual Education Training Plan

VBS for Special Needs Children

As part of our practical training of CPE trainees, we will be holding a Vacation Bible School for children with special needs. This is planned to be held at Calvary Baptist Elementary School, May 9-12, 2pm -4pm. We will also be doing training with teachers and others interested in working with children with special needs.

This VBS will be led by Mrs. Gwendolyn Bowles (MEd. in Special Education), who has served as a special education teacher (ED, ADHD, LD, MH) in both school and church for 30 years.

To Register or to ask questions, please contact BUKAL Life at 0933-302-0373 or email us at info@bukallife.org.