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National Resources:


Ramah International


Rachel's Vineyard Retreats

1-877-HOPE-4-ME (1-877-467-3463)





Safe Haven Ministries (on-line) Counseling


National Office of Post-Abortion Reconciliation and Healing

1-800-5WE-CARE (1-800-593-2273)


Heartbeat International/ Care Net

1-800-395-4357 Toll free 24/7


Healing Hearts Ministries- On-line Counseling



Gift of Adoption Fund

101 East Pier Street, 1st Floor

Port Washington, Wisconsin 53074

Phone Toll Free 1-877-905-2367

or 1-262-268-1386



Love, Andy and Linda Dillon, Camano Island, WA

A Testimony of what the Gift of Adoption Fund has done for the Dillon family:

    Happy Day! Today we went to court and finalized our adoption of Monica! Thanks again for being instruments of God's will in the adoption of our little sweetheart. We love you and we pray for your ministry every day. What you are doing with these CHASK children is so wonderful and is very close to the heart of God I'm sure.

    You might want to tell NATHHAN / CHASK families about a place that gives grants for adoption expenses to families who don't have a lot of money. They particularly like to give money to families adopting a special needs child. They gave us $2,000 to help us pay our attorney fees for Monica. Their grants are between $2,000 and $4,500 I think. It is not supposed to pay for all of the adoption expenses, but just help out with them.


Brain Gym

    I would like to share quickly about my son Austin who was labeled autistic and ADD.  I wrote years ago saying we were using the “patterning” which was started by Glenn Doman and Carl Delacato. We tried vitamins, and even a brain scan which Dr. Amen wrote about in his book on ADD.  We were looking for something to help with his anger.  You may know the type.  You wonder if you should  ask him to do something and endure a huge meltdown, or just do the task yourself.  After the meltdowns he would usually say he was sorry and that he didn’t want to be so angry. 

    When I went to an ADD meeting, I asked about anger and they said that really wasn’t a sign of ADD.  Right then I knew I wasn’t in the right place, but didn’t know where else to go…Then someone told us to look into Nonverbal Learning Disorder.  This has made such a difference in our understanding of Autism. 

    I read books by Rondalyn Varney Whitney and Pamela Tanguay.  This fit Austin perfectly.  I also read Explosive Child by Ross Greene.  That was excellent.  But Austin was still easily upset.  Now we are doing something called Brain Gym and this is really helping.  A book about it is called “Smart Moves” by Carla Hannaford  (she also wrote the Dominance Factorwhich is great).  It has a success story in the beginning, but I didn’t bother to read that.  I’m tired of success stories.  (I’ve read too many and had my hopes dashed each time.)  What I like about Brain Gym is that it lets Austin decide his goal and the simple movements he wants to do.  By doing this for a short time (15 minutes or so, sometimes we go for an hour) it helps him to be calmer and think more clearly. 

    When we first went to see Carolyn (the instructor), Austin wouldn’t even cooperate, so I did it and was amazed that it made a difference in me.  Carolyn continues to say, “It’s not a cure all” and it’s not, but I liken it to climbing up a mountain.  Brain Gym lets us take those baby steps and I know that after a while we will see that we are half way up the mountain.  I encourage you to look on her website and the national one and see if Brain Gym would help your child.  Fortunately, Carolyn is fairly inexpensive compared to all the other therapies we have done in the past.  I don’t have an e-mail so you can write me at:      

 6068 Gale Rd., Pataskala, OH  43062  if you’d like. 

The websites will offer more help that I can, but I’d love to hear from you.  I encourage you to find someone in your area and give it a try.  I will be amazed if it doesn’t help some.

  The websites are:    (this is Carolyn Nyland who we see).

Years ago someone wrote about autism and the book Autism & Pervasive Development Disorder by Karen Seroussi.  I got the book, read it, took Austin off wheat, and did notice a difference.  Also gave him acidophilus (natural medication) because he also had a leaky intestine.  It’s wonderful that God lets us share with others what He has taught us.

  I hope the Brain Gym helps others.  There isn’t a “Magic” cure for most kids.  I was told that a long time ago, but I am glad to continue to look for ways to help him, and this is definitely “a way”.  I like that Carolyn doesn’t promise results, but I can see the difference in Austin every time we leave her house.  She likens it to an aspirin, saying brain gym doesn’t mean you won’t get a headache again, but it will help for a time.  We have only been doing it for a few weeks and he still gets angry, but we see him doing better.  That’s what is so exciting.


Deaf Ministries List

Earl and Shirley Wilbers

221 W. Gay St.

Harrisonburg, VA  22802


Website:  Deaf Ministries List


Braille Sharing Library/ Lydia Schuck

1981 Eden Rd.

Mason, MI  48854    (517) 676-4621

We have a list of braille to share. Braille can be sent to me. Please label what is in the box and contact me by phone or e-mail before it is sent. 


Down Home Learning

Does your child have Down Syndrome?  Need someone to talk to? Have some ideas to share?  Contact: Diane Ryckman   1453 Evans Rd. RR 7

Creston, B.C.  V0B 1G7   CANADA  (250)-428-7798


Exceptional Kids Consultants

Cheryl Gabbert


Providing a wide-range of services to families who homeschool a child having special needs.  Services include assistance getting started, complying with state regulations, curriculum/instructional support, research new therapies/treatments, ISP development, periodic written cumulative evaluations, portfolio development.  All clients receive unlimited email/telephone support.