The Challenge of Having a Nonverbal Child

Disability and Faith

Our two children with autism are considered nonverbal. That doesn’t mean they have no words, just that they do not typically communicate with verbal speech. Most times we can deal with it. They have no […]

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Why I Still Learn From Andy Stanley

Andy Stanley

I regularly listen to Andy Stanley’s Leadership Podcast. I do this despite some of the controversy over Stanley and criticisms toward him by many evangelicals. If you look at posts about Andy Stanley on my […]

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Good News: “Go Away!”

Good News

How many parents think it is good news when their teenage daughter tells them to go away? This one does. A couple of days ago, I was visiting our children, Logan and Abby, at their […]

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A Relic From the Past

PECS

Our family recently moved to a new house. It is not surprising that in the packing and unpacking that long lost items turn up. I recently noticed on the floor something that I hadn’t seen […]

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Westboro Baptist Church and Effective Communication

Communication

What does effective communication and Westboro Baptist Church have to do with each other? Am I suggestion we picket funerals and set up websites with crude names? Absolutely not. I had the opportunity to watch […]

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How to Deal With an Angry Skeptic

Apologetics and Theology

If you are involved in apologetics, you will be talking to different types of people. You will talk to Christians who are dealing with doubts and non-Christians who are seeking information. But you will also […]

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How to Talk to a Person With Autism Who Seems to Ignore You

Autism

If you tried to talk to our son, you might find that he would avoid eye contact and probably would hum while you spoke. I suspect that our son is not unique in this. In […]

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Good News: My First Conversation With Abby

Good News

As regular readers of this blog know, we have two children with autism who live in a group home. We have Logan and Abby over for overnight visits every other week. It is really a […]

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I’m Not Unfriendly, I Have Autism

Disability and Faith

I can only speak for myself, although I have heard of similar stories from other people with autism. I can sometimes come across as unfriendly. I seem eager to end the conversation and move on. […]

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Andy Stanley and Expository Preaching

Leadership and Ministry

I have seen a lot of memes floating through social media criticizing Andy Stanley. If you want to know what I think of using memes to condemn fellow Christians, read this post. The argument is […]

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Nonverbal Does Not Mean Unintelligent

Nonverbal

People say that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. But we do it all the time. This includes how we look at people with autism. Two of our children with autism are considered […]

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How to Talk to a Nonverbal Child

Nonverbal

Some people who have autism are able to communicate clearly, even if they had early delays in speaking. Other people are what is called nonverbal. Our two children with autism are nonverbal. What Does Nonverbal […]

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Apologetics and Knowing Your Audience

Apologetics

How do you do apologetics? You just do apologetics. You know your apologetics information and if you meet any skeptic, you just unload it on them. Right? Think again. If you want to be involved […]

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What Does Nonverbal Mean?

Disability and Faith

I keep describing Logan and Abby as being nonverbal and yet I keep giving examples of how they (usually Logan) speak in appropriate ways. This confuses people. Nonverbal means they can’t speak but I keep […]

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5 Questions for Effective Communication

I have been enjoying Andy Stanley’s leadership podcast.  It is a great resource that I would highly recommend.  One of the podcasts that I particularly enjoyed was on effective communication.  This would include preaching as […]

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