The Beautiful Trial of Raising Kids with Special Needs

Paul Martin | June 22, 2016

I had a flashback while reading Andrew and Rachel Wilson’s new book, The Life We Never Expected: Hopeful Reflections on the Challenges of Parenting Children with Special Needs. It was to a time when we were young and living far from home, sitting around with a bunch of other moms and dads, talking about the joys and struggles of being parents.

When you read The Life We Never Expected, you feel like you’ve been transported into the Wilsons’ living room to shoot straight with them about life and parenting—only with a twist.

God, in his great wisdom, saw fit to bless the Wilsons with two children with autism. It may be worth stopping here to say what autism is and isn’t. Some tend to think a few good spankings, more rigid discipline, and a parenting course or two will straighten things out, but you cannot discipline genetics. Autism is “a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by impaired social interaction, verbal and non-verbal communication, and restricted and repetitive behavior.” Its cause is unknown, and it manifests in a variety of ways—Asperger syndrome, pervasive developmental disorder, not otherwise specified PDD-NOS, and childhood disintegrative disorder are all related disabilities on the Autism Spectrum.

Raw Honesty 

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