Weekend reading

Baby TechI don’t know about you, but when life gets busy, I find it more and more difficult to keep up with all of the good content friends and colleagues have to share on the Web. Since many of us have the weekend off, I’d like to share some suggested reading in the event you missed these posts the first time around…

AStoryUnfinishedMatt Mooney’s post for Father’s Day, Why After All the Hard, Did You Choose Hard Again, was the most-viewed guest post in the history of our blog. Matt talks about his family’s decision to adopt their daughter (Lena) with profound disabilities from a Ukranian orphanage six years after losing their son Eliot following 99 days of life with a genetic disease (Trisomy 18). Eliot’s life is chronicled in Matt’s new book,  A Story Unfinishedmy weekend reading thanks to the wonders of Amazon.com.

Dittrich IF 2012Our friend Barb Dittrich consistently generates lots of high-quality content on her blog. One of her best posts was this short piece, The Fellowship of Suffering, in which she discusses the importance of relationships for parents of children with special health care needs.

Shannon Royce serves as President of Chosen Families, a non-profit organization based in Virginia that provides information to parents, family members, religious leaders and the general public on effective solutions to living in families with hidden disabilities. Shannon authored a piece last month for Not Alone on her struggle to view her child as a person with a disability and not simply a “difference” compared to neurotypical peers.

Parents frequently ask me whether video games, iPads, and the electronic gadgets that preoccupy so many kids are contributing to the rapidly expanding prevalence of ADHD. Here’s a very thoughtful post (including several excellent video links) from Mashable on the topic Are Kids With Gadgets More Likely to Have ADHD? The relationship is more complicated than what one may think. I’d also challenge church leaders to consider how they might take advantage of the fixation so many kids have for technology and how technology might be used to increase their curiosity about Jesus.

Have a great weekend! We’ll be back with original content on Monday when we launch our next series…Ten Questions Parents Ask About Kids and Medication.

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220px-The_ScreamKey Ministry offers a resource center on Anxiety and Spiritual Development, including helpful links, video and a blog series on the impact of ADHD upon spiritual development in kids and teens. Check it out today and share the link with others caring for children and youth with anxiety disorders.

About Dr. G

Dr. Stephen Grcevich serves as President and Founder of Key Ministry, a non-profit organization providing free training, consultation, resources and support to help churches serve families of children with disabilities. Dr. Grcevich is a graduate of Northeastern Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), trained in General Psychiatry at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at University Hospitals of Cleveland/Case Western Reserve University. He is a faculty member in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at two medical schools, leads a group practice in suburban Cleveland (Family Center by the Falls), and continues to be involved in research evaluating the safety and effectiveness of medications prescribed to children for ADHD, anxiety and depression. He is a past recipient of the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Dr. Grcevich was recently recognized by Sharecare as one of the top ten online influencers in children’s mental health. His blog for Key Ministry, www.church4everychild.org was ranked fourth among the top 100 children's ministry blogs in 2015 by Ministry to Children.
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