Happy National Crayon Day!



 
 
 

What a great day to be alive right! With the trend in adult coloring going strong and today being National Crayon Day, I have a few goodies for you all!

 
 

The wonderfully colorful people over at Crayola are taking this whole weekend to celebrate National Crayon Day with some awesome deals and, if you live in one of the cities below, a meet and greet with Dandelion, the retiring crayon.

You can visit with this iconic crayon in:

April 1, 2017- Times Square, New York
April 6, 2017- Orlando Crayola Experience, Orlando, Florida
April 13, 2017- The CN Tower, Toronto, Ontario
April 21, 2017- The Crayola Experience, Easton, Pennsylvania
April 23, 2017- Coca-Cola Minor League Baseball Stadium, Allentown, Pennsylvania
April 24, 2017- The Crayola Factory, Easton, Pennsylvania

 
 
 


 
 

And on top of that amazing opportunity, you can also get a free 24 count box of Crayola Crayons with and $10+ purchase! Just use code FREEBOX17!

 
 

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I also have been working really hard to bring you all some beautiful coloring pages as well! So after you get your free box of crayons you can print these beauties out and get to coloring heaven!

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Top 5 Gifts for Children on the Autism Spectrum

 

Fisher Price Think ; Learn Code-A-Pillar Gift Set

With the need to understand coding in this day and age this is a great toy for this Christmas. For children with autism sequencing, organizing, and prioritizing can either be very easy or very difficult. For both sides of the equation this toy is a fun way to reinforce that like or help your child learn the importance and skills of sequencing through play. And who doesn’t like making things move in all sorts of directions? This will be a hit for everyone in the family!


Little Tikes Big Waffle Block Set

Building things takes concentration and fine motor skills that some children with autism need help with. These blocks are easy o assemble and reassemble to make a fort, house, city, or whatever else your child can imagine. This also will help your child to communicate with you and other children and caregivers to create team work that will get to the end goal.


Melissa & Doug Self-Correcting Letter and Number Wooden Puzzles Set With Storage Box

The early years of teaching letters and numbers can be frustrating, especially when your child is not interested in it. These puzzles from Melissa and Doug encourage play and learning by having puzzle pieces that only fit with their corresponding piece. Children will have to go on a hunt to find the right pieces with the correct number, letter, or image in order to complete the mini puzzle. This toy is also a great fit for working on fine motor skills and patients.


Fisher Price Loving family Exclusive Holiday Dollhouse

I love pretend play! There are so many things that children can do and learn from pretending. Unfortunately, much pretend play has been lost do to TV and technology. These things are great, but pretending can be so much more beneficial for children. With the Fisher Price Doll House Series, you can bring back the pretend play which will allow you and other caregivers the opportunity to role play situations that your child needs help in, is afraid of, or is going to be new. There is a plethora of uses for therapy with this toy as well.


Little Tikes Go Green! Playhouse and Little Tikes Garden Table, Kids Play Table
 
What better way to talk about cause and effect than to discover how things grow! By pretending and role playing your child can learn how their actions effect the world around them. This will bring up great talking points about behavior and how to handle other people while your child plays.
 

Top 10 Fisher Price Toys of the Season

10 Fisher-Price Bright Beats Dance & Move BeatBo
This fun, dance around, move your body toy is certain to get your little one moving and grooving! With catchy songs and fun sayings BeatBo helps children learn how to follow directions as well as fine motor skills as they dance all that energy out!

9 Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Home Play Set
This home is sure to impress even the smallest of guests with so many fun activities and learning opportunities! Your little one can send mail, go in and out the door, and say hello to puppy through the window. Help your child learn shapes, opposites, and numbers as they discover their house!

8 Loving Family Dollhouse and Fisher Price Loving family Exclusive Holiday Dollhouse

How cute are these doll houses?! With the option to have the classic pink or the holiday edition, girls will love being able to decorate their own home with all the accessories that mom has! I love the holiday edition home because you get all the accessories to decorate for Christmas as well as reversible furniture so that you can use the house all year. My little girl loves to decorate and re-decorate during Christmas so having a home for her to move all of her accessories in is the best!

 

7 Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Blue Crawl Around Car, Pink Crawl Around Car , or Red Crawl Around Car

We bought this car for my daughters first birthday and it has been a hit ever since! She loves to go in and play with all the buttons as she drives around anywhere her imagination takes her! The songs are fun and catchy, but won’t drive you crazy, which every parent can appreciate! You even get color options for your little ones first vehicle and can pick between blue, red, or pink!

 

6 Fisher-Price Little People Disney Princess Musical Dancing Palace

Put Disney Princesses and Little People together and my daughter is hooked! We first saw this toy at a friends house and getting my daughter to leave was, well, a bit of a challenge. Needless to say, when Nana wanted to know what she wanted for Christmas that was at the top of the list! With a fun dancing floor and plenty of room for pretend play you and your little one will have a ball at the ball!

5 Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Crawl-Around Learning Center

For the little ones this Christmas it can be difficult to fin the perfect toy, but Fisher Price has made it easy with this Crawl Around Learning Center! Both sides offer different engaging play that will help your child move from one section to the next as they become more and more independent.

4 Fisher Price Peek a Block Incrediblock

I love these blocks and am so glad Fisher Price came out with more ways to use them! This toy has a lot of cause and effect benefits for little ones and it even has a spot to store all of the incrediblocks for easy storage! If you have some of the other blocks several more sets can fit in the storage as well. It even has certain blocks that do special things when placed in the center with special sounds and surprises for baby.

 

3 Power Wheels Thomas the Train Thomas with Track

Seriously! How cool is this toy! I would have LOVED one of these as a kid and, with our obsession with Thomas right now it is no wonder these babies are flying off the shelf! This will keep your little one busy for hours and will make for some great camera moments as well!

 

 

2 Fisher Price Think ; Learn Code-A-Pillar Gift Set

Where was this toy when we were kids?! This is a great problem solving tool for children of all ages (and their parents who are children at heart) Introduce your child to the world of coding and get them started early in S.T.E.M. learning.

 

 

1 Fisher-Price Little People Sit ‘n Stand Skyway

I LOVE Little People! There are so many things that you can do and talk about with your child as you build your little city! The reason that the Sit and Stand Skyway won first place was because of its versatility. I don’t know about you, but I love toys that grow with my, “grow-too-fast” children. From being able to sit and play to stand and play is also a great incentive to start moving! This toy has kept us busy for hours and has allowed for many loads of laundry and dishes, while explaining car safety.

 

Top 10 Melissa and Doug Toys of the Season…Plus Exclusive Discounts!

 

Is there any better toy than one that helps your child learn and have fun at the same time? No, there is not! This is why I am IN LOVE with Melissa and Doug toys. Every toy we have purchased or received as a gift is used again and again and again by our children.

 

We have a whole drawer of puzzles that we use to help us teach them colors, shapes, animals, you name it!

 

So because I am in love with Melissa and Doug, I have researched and compared toys from across the board to bring you the best of the best this holiday season. Without further ado, The Melissa and Doug Top 10 Toys of the season!

 

#1

This was a very hard spot to fill because so many of the toys this year are adorable and multi functional, but I had to go with the Turtle Ball Pit to top off our list!

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This adorable ball pit is really comfy for your littles and it keeps the ball mostly contained. Kids can play with the side mirror, as well as put the balls in and out of the holes on the side making this a great interactive toy for long play times while I do the dishes….uh I mean while Jr. plays educationally.

 

#2

With the recent release of Finding Dory, my little ones are a little (really it’s A LOT) obsessed with fish and anything that has to do with them.

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When my daughter saw this classic toy she had to have it! The Catch and Count Magnetic Fishing Rod Set is an A++ toy for children to play pretend and for you to have conversations about counting along with number and color recognition. We like to make up games like having to catch the same color or number fish so that we can talk about that specific color or number.

I honestly have spent hours playing with this toy because I like it so much…I mean my daughter likes it… Maybe it’s both of us…

 

#3

The Self-Correcting Alphabet Letter Puzzles and Self-Correcting Number Puzzles are a great combination present or solo gift.

It is great that they do not fit with other puzzle pieces besides there match because I do not have to sit right there and help as they do the puzzles. They keep searching until they find the piece that fits while they are realizing what letter goes with what picture and how many butterflies are on the puzzle piece corresponds with the number on the other side.

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If you are doing preschool or have a little one learning numbers and letters this is the perfect gift to help them learn while playing!

 

#4

I seriously can not get over how cute this next toy is! The Beep-Beep and Play Activity Toy is adorable!

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It is a sweet little car for the youngest driver in your house! With a steering wheel and key, your little one will be able to speed through milestones of sitting up, turning a wheel, and playing pretend!

 

#5

The Nesting and Sorting Barns and Animals set is a great way to see how many animals correspond with the number as well as have some great pretend play! Since this time of life is all about animals sounds, why not enhance that with counting and pretend play?

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#6

Have you ever had a toy you like playing with as much as, if not more than your kids? Well the Wooden Stack and Count Parking Garage is that toy in our house.

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It is really fun to stack the cars, but you would be amazed what we can create with furniture and boxes around the house for the perfect raceway! There is an endless amount of play with this toy and you have the ability to talk about colors and numbers as they race to the finish line!

 

#7

Your little Prince or Princess will love building and knocking down the Castle Blocks Wooden Play Set!

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With characters to pretend with as well as blocks to construct the perfect castle, this toy provides hours of play and teaches kids that gravity really does exist J

 

#8

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The idea of being unequally yoked takes on a whole new meaning with the Slice and Sort Wooden Eggs. This toy encourages children in matching the same colors together, but it is a great tool to use to talk about what colors are made when colors are mixed as well.

 

#9

Melissa and Doug have SO many cute baby toys out this year! It was hard to pick! However, one of my favorites is the Bird House Shape Sorter.

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This cute little birdhouse has many different birds to help your child learn shapes! I love to pretend they are flying and talk about what birds say, while telling stories about each bird. Your little one will have fun carrying these sweet birds around and flying them into their correct door.

 

#10

Last, but certainly not least is the Bug Jug Fill and Spill!

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These little bugs are adorable critters to have around the house for pretend play and maybe some laughs when the spider gets lost in the bed! With fun sounds little hands can learn to shake and squeeze these bugs as well as talk about all the wonderful things these bugs do in the world!

 

I am so excited about the specials that Melissa and Doug are offering my readers during the holiday season!

 

From November 24, 2016 to November 28, 2016, you can get free shipping on orders over $19!

 

Free Shipping on Orders Over $19 at Melissa And Doug. Use Code FS19

This is a great way to send things to people across the country without paying for shipping later and you have SO MANY CHOICES with Melissa and Doug.

 

And During the Black Friday weekend (November 25 to November 27, 2016) You can get 10% off $25-$49 | 20% off $50-$99 | 30% off $100+

 

Celebrate Black Friday all Weekend at Melissa & Doug: Enjoy Up To 30% Off. Use Code HOLIDAY16

 

But wait! THERE’S MORE!!!

 

On November 28, 2016 you can take advantage of their Buy One Get One 50% off sale as well with this link!

 

One Day Sale: Buy One Get One 50% Off at Melissa And Doug. Use Code BOGO50

And!

 

Because you are one of my readers, Melissa and Doug is offering a few specials that you can only get here at Imagination Signing!

 

From today until November 27, 2016 You get 20% off $20 or more on vehicles

 

20% Off Orders of $20 or More on Vehicles at Melissa & Doug. Use Code VS20

From November 28 to December 4, 2016 get 20% off $20 or more on Pretend Play Toys

 

20% Off Orders of $20 or More on Pretend Play Toys at Melissa & Doug. Use Code PP20

What toys did you decide to get for your littles? Let me know below!

 

The AMAZING Amazon Home Services!

 

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When we moved into our house, I had a laundry list of things that needed to be done to fix up or maintain different parts of the house. One of these was getting our dryer vent and house vents cleaned. I Googled local places read tons of reviews and ran into the same thing everywhere; the super trusted charged an arm and a leg and the others had some good and bad reviews. I didn’t know where to turn or who to ask since we were so new to the area. So, I picked one and they did okay, but left a mess and what they did I really could have done myself if I had purchased a vacuum with a hose.

 

The hardest thing I’ve found about owning a home is finding someone you can trust to fix it. I wanted someone I could trust who wasn’t going to add charges on after a quoted price.

 

And then I found Amazon Home Services!

If you need calking on your tub redone, a doorbell installed, plumbing, or painting they have people who are trusted to help! Pretty much anything you can think of they have a service for, and because I trust Amazon I know I can trust the people they are suggesting to me as well. Amazon even has a Happiness Guarantee so they stand behind every service and will make it right or give a refund if something goes wrong.

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This has made the headache of finding the right person or company to do a job SO MUCH EASIER! I don’t have to spend a whole afternoon calling around and reading reviews!

 

This service puts my mind at ease and saves me precious time that I need to work, clean my house, play with my kids, teach, and find these awesome things for all of you!

 

If you are like me you were thinking of all the things that you need to get to in your home and what better time to knock out a few with this great service!

 

I would love to see some before and after pictures of your projects! Comment below and let me know what you are working on next!

 


What are you going to work on next? Did you find the service you were looking for? Check out all the awesome people out there who can do the job right the first time!

The Isolation Phase: Being Mommy

Isolation is so easy to fall into. We get wrapped up in what is going on in our lives only to look up one day looking for a friendly face and not knowing who to call or turn to.
 

I know I was there…
 
For a very,
 
Very
 
Long time…
 
I felt insignificant, silly, unloved, unwanted, and the list could go on depending on the day. And you know what? The more moms I meet the more I realize it wasn’t and isn’t just me.
 
If you feel this way, you are not alone.
 
You are not insignificant.
You are not silly, unloved, or unwanted.
 
And I am so sorry that you are feeling all these things.
 
But let me encourage you that there are many people who are struggling through the same issues, so you have support!
 
Where can you get that support?
 
First off talk to your OBGYN or Midwife about how you are feeling. Be honest with them because you may need more than just talking with someone to start feeling like you again. And let me add there is no shame in asking for help!
 
Being a mom is tough and asking for help does not make you weak or a bad mom! You have to take care of you too! You can’t give from a well that has run dry.
 
Below is a list of other places that you can reach out to, to get connected with other moms.

 

 

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Fit4Mom- http://fit4mom.com/

 

 

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MOPS- http://www.mops.org/groupsearch/index.php

 

 

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Moms Club- https://www.momsclub.org/blog/find-a-chapter/

 

 

These are just a few of the many groups out there. You can check into local churches with groups as well as Google local groups in your area.
 

What helped you deal with the isolation of being a mom? What would your advice be to new mommies? Let me know below!
 

Mommy Necklaces

 

  • This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you purchase one of the products, I’ll receive a small commission.

Have you ever been frustrated about the fact that wearing anything pretty with a baby or toddler gets messy, or worse destroyed? I have been there many times! So many necklaces have been ripped off, bracelets broken, and jewelry chewed on.

When my daughter was 6 months, I finally gave up trying to look cute at all because I thought to myself, “Why bother? It will just get messed up anyways.” I also didn’t want her to be sucking on anything that could be harmful.

Then I found this wonderful company called Mommy Necklaces! These are meant for moms, grandmas, and daycare workers who work with little ones all the time. They are pretty and functional all in one. From nursing necklaces to teething necklaces, there is something for everyone.

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I love being a partner with this wonderful company! I am a raving fan when it comes to this product for SO MANY reasons!

And I promise you will never be bored with the selection! They come out with beautiful new necklaces and limited edition necklaces on a regular basis, so let’s just say I have a closet full!

There are several different styles to choose from depending on your needs and style.

Nursing Necklaces

I LOVE the Mommy Necklaces Nursing Necklace! My daughter and my son both loved to pull on my hair, grab onto my shirt and anything else that was in their reach. My Nursing Necklace has been a lifesaver when one of them wanted to lift up my shirt or rip off the blanket I was using to feed them in public because they had something to play with while they nursed. And look at how pretty it is! A little secret, I use this as a statement necklace with a solid shirt and jeans to dress up an otherwise boring outfit!

Teether Strands

I did not buy one of these until my son was born because I felt like it would look silly. I had seen so many teether necklaces that just looked weird being worn by a mom and then I finally tried this one and I love it! It is so pretty and I where it all the time. It is really nice now that my son is teething because I can have it on and he has a teether right there to sooth him while he is in the carrier or when I am holding him and trying to be at a play date for my daughter. No tears here!

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Dangling Donuts

Dangling Donuts are awesome for fiddlers and toddlers who like to steal your jewelry. My daughter ALWAYS has to have a necklace when I pull one out of my closet. She is a real fashionista when it comes to jewelry and since she wants to be like mommy, I have gotten rid of almost all of my pre-baby jewelry because I like these so much and they are baby and toddler safe.

 

 

 

Locked Donuts

I would call the Locked Donuts my fashionable necklace. They are different than anything that I normally wear, but they are a real eye catcher. I cannot tell you how often I get compliments about my necklace and everyone is always shocked to know it is a baby-safe Mommy Necklace!

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Short Strands

Short Strands are my favorite everyday necklace. They are great when I have little bit in the Ergo because he can play, but still not lay on it when he falls asleep. My daughter wears these ones all the time as well because what little girl doesn’t like copying Mommy?

Faceted Rock

I discovered this one as a surprise! Every once in a while Mommy Necklaces does a fun sale where you buy 4 necklaces for $40 and tell them the color for a special surprise in the mail! It was so fun to get such a pretty necklace in my set!

Flat Rock

This one was also a surprise for me. I usually don’t like big jewelry, but these Flat Rocks go with tons of things! I love how I can dress up a plain outfit with it and still not be too dressy!

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Who doesn’t like to match? Or just have more fun things to wear?! I love the options for accessories because I can get a matching bracelet with the same awesome clasp that my kids can pull on and not worry about a million beads flying everywhere or with a stretchy band.

 

If you have little ones or need a gift for a friend or relative having a baby this is a great place to get the perfect gift! So why not start your collection today? Click here to visit Mommy Necklaces LLC

Finding Your Niche

 

Growing is always a difficult thing. When it comes to kids your little one, one day is not so little and in the blink of an eye you are getting bigger clothes, age appropriate toys and school gear. I have found the same to be true with blogging. Growth can be hard, but it is healthy. One of the ways to grow as a blogger is page views.

 

Page views are the bread and butter of blogging. You have something to say and you just need to access the eyes of the right readers to give them the advice, courses, or crafts you are selling and this, in exchange, helps you make money! It’s a win-win.

 

But how do you get those eyes to your blog? Well one kick starter way is using this free program to get 10,000 views to your website! If you are a new blogger or needing a boost this is the perfect first step!

 

So why not get out there and take a chance? Try Grow Traffic and do just that GROW YOUR TRAFFIC! It is free and 10,000 sets of eyes can go a long way!

 

As a business owner, I understand the importance of getting your brand out there and engaging people, but if you aren’t getting the right people engaged you will not be turning those views into sales and return readers.

 

I can tell you I read TONS of blogs and the ones that I go back to or subscribe to catch my interest in an intense way! Understanding your client demographic is critical if you want to grow doing what you love!

 

Do you feel stuck in your growing process? Have you had a difficult time narrowing down your clientele? Then my free (Yes, Free!) Ebook about finding your demographic and niche is exactly what you need!

 

This book will take you through why it is important to have a niche, what a niche really is, and what a demographic is. By the end you will have a blueprint of who you are targeting and be on your way to finding the perfect people to read your blog!

 


Finding the Perfect Image

 

Looking for some amazing stock photos to make your website stand out? Do you get frustrated trying to get the perfect image for your company? Well look no further than Twenty20! This company has a fabulous selection of photos that come in every variety. Talented photographers from around the world submit their photos and you get the benefit of seeing many different styles of photography in one place.

If you sign up using this link your company will receive $40 off your subscription! That is like getting 4 images for free! Why pay a photographer hundreds of dollars every time you need new marketing material when you can get the exact images you are looking for, for less than $10 an image?

I know when I first started blogging it was difficult to find what I was looking for in the free stock photo category and I spent so much time looking that when I figured out the time and money I was spending thousands of dollars of my precious time searching for an okay free stock photo.

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With Twenty20 I don’t have to worry about that. Within seconds, I can find the exact thing I need to get my posts up and running and get on with doing other things in my business.

“Visual content increases message association, brand awareness, and engagement–and enhances the overall design of your website”

(Kim, 2016-INC Magazine)

You know the old adage, “A picture is worth 1,000 words” so why risk losing a viewer in those first few precious seconds with an okay stock image? Start now and get your $40 off while making your customers do a double take! Use Twenty20 images and get your customers attention!

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How To Include Children with Disabilities at Your Church

 

Have you ever wondered how your church handles and includes people with a disability? Did you know that only 50% of people with disabilities decide to even walk into the door of a church? (Harris Poll)

 

This is an issue that is difficult for many churches to wrap their minds around because it is vast, there are many different disabilities, and, because of separation of church and state, churches are not “required” to adhere to the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA).

 

To narrow down this big topic, we will be discussing children with disabilities in the church and some basic starter ways to include them in your programing and events.

 

These families have one or more children with a disability, but most of the parents do not have a disability. The parents of children with disabilities are under much of the same stress other parents are, however, they have the added worry of people accepting their child for who they are not what they look like or what they can or cannot do.

 

It is nerve racking enough to walk into a church where you know no one and drop your child off, but having to worry about how church staff as well as other parents and children view your child can be painful, especially when there is a lack of education about inclusion of those with disabilities.

 

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Making the church more accessible should be a main priority for all churches in order to follow the mission set forth by Jesus in Mark 16:15. This mission states “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.“

 

So how do we include these families, make them feel welcome, and give their children the attention and accommodations they need without breaking the bank or stretching ourselves to thin?

 

Enlist Volunteers That Have A Heart For Those With Disabilities

 
This is the first, and easiest, step for churches of any size, to accommodate children with disabilities. By having these type of volunteers on hand, a church can take the collective knowledge of the body and build from it. Because these individuals already have a heart for those with disabilities they will, more than likely, have some understanding of disabilities from experience or formal education.

 

In a survey completed by Melinda Ault Ph.D. at the University of Kentucky in 2010, 90% of parents surveyed said that a church community that was accepting of those with disabilities took the stress out of attending church, however, only 80% of these parents found that acceptance at the churches attended.

 

How sad would you be if you desperately wanted your child to learn about Jesus with other children, but could barely walk in the door without a scoff or a stare from, not only people around, but leadership and volunteers as well?

 

By having dedicated volunteers, you not only give a more welcoming atmosphere to these families, but other people in the church have someone to point these families to making the message the same across the board instead of some people knowing the right resources and others having no idea.

 

Make Sure Basic Communication And Mobility Needs Are Met

 
The ability to get where you need to go and communicate with the people around you is an essential need for everyone. Those with wheelchairs will need access to an elevator, ramp, or wheelchair lift to get to areas of your church that have stairs. Individuals who are blind will need braille signs and/or assistance from another individual and those who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing will need Closed Captioning or an interpreter.

 

That can all seem very daunting, but there are many ways to go about placing these resources in your church. Ramps for wheelchairs start as low as $110 and can be easily installed and removed for convenience. Closed Captioning can be done while a message is taking place on screen by church leadership or a volunteer and reaching out into your church body may reveal an interpreter or a student training to be one that would be willing to volunteer. Finally, Braille signs can be easily made and start at just $14 a piece.

 

Ensure The Child Is Included During Service

 
Children, especially young children, do not understand that certain words and actions can hurt another person’s feelings. This is especially true when someone seems different. What a great teaching opportunity for all children about being loving to all people though! Leaders do not need to feel like they need to follow the child around if they do not seem to need it or it has not been asked for, but it is wise to stay in arms and ears reach away. This allows for the leader to easily step in and address any conflict or confusion that may occur.

 

For Example:

 

Situation: You have an autistic child who is not super comfortable with other people touching him when another child comes up to give them a hug.

 

Talking Point(s): Explain to the child who wanted to give a hug that sometimes not everyone wants a hug right away, but that they can play together (rolling a ball back and forth, playing cars, playing with dinosaurs, making a meal with pretend food, etc.). Show the children how to play together and get them started on an agreed upon activity.

 

Take Away: This gives the child with autism the ability to get comfortable in the environment while teaching the other child about differences and playing with someone else in spite of the differences.

 

Allowing these children and families to have the resources needed to participate is such a blessing to them as well as to the church body. Every person deserves the ability to walk into a church and hear about Jesus and accessibility should not be a hindrance.

 

For more information please visit:
1. Disabilities and Faith– http://www.disabilitiesandfaith.org/



 
2. The Church and People with Disabilities by Peggy Johnson



 
3. Joni and Friends International Disability Center– http://www.joniandfriends.org/



 
4. Mission Frontiers– http://www.missionfrontiers.org/issue/article/the-deaf

 
You can also contact me by email at imaginationsigning@gmail.com with any questions.

 
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