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Shaping Special Hearts: What Parents Really Need From Ministry Leaders

Leadership / Ministries / Special Needs //

A child’s special needs diagnosis affects the whole family. Parents find themselves struggling with grief, anxiety, depression, exhaustion, and even an unexpected sense of relief. This gamut of emotions can be confusing for ministry leaders as they work with families; it can be difficult to know what to do and how to help.
Join host Katie Wetherbee as she interviews Barb Dittrich, Executive Director of Snappin’ Ministries. Barb shares information from her experiences working with parents—and from her own journey as a mom. You’ll come away with practical ideas for supporting parents, as well as clear insight on the process of parenting a child with disabilities. She will illuminate listeners about the effect of disabilities on marriages and sibling relationships as well.
 
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About the Author

Katie Wetherbee completed her undergraduate work at Vanderbilt University, where she majored in Special Education and Human & Organizational Development. Katie began her teaching career in the Washington, DC area at a public school. Since then, she has taught in a variety of settings, including a community college, a psychiatric hospital day school and a learning center. Katie holds a master’s degree in education from Hood College, where she served on the adjunct faculty for the Reading Specialist program. Currently, Katie works as an educational consultant in private practice. Her own experience as a mother to a child with special needs, along with her teaching background, gives Katie a unique perspective on advocacy. She has been invited to speak at local parent groups and also for the Northern Ohio Hemophilia Association, the Cancer Survivor Center at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital and the OCALI national conference. Additionally, Katie is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in publications such as Nashville Magazine, Northeast Ohio Family, and HeartShapers. She served as the education columnist for Currents News in Northeast Ohio for two years. She recently completed a year-long series on special needs ministry for K! Magazine and also writes a column for Children’s Ministry Magazine. A lifelong Christian, Katie has enjoyed a variety of volunteer positions in churches. She has taught both Sunday School and Vacation Bible School as well as volunteering in high school and middle school youth groups. She and her husband led a Young Couples group in two churches. In addition, Katie has served on Christian Education Committees and as a Sunday School Superintendent. Katie is thrilled to combine her passion for families affected by disabilities with her faith in Christ. Katie has presented at the Joni and Friends International Bioethics Conference, the Accessibility Summit at McLean Bible Church, The Tough Ministries Conference in Houston, and the Group Publishing KidMin Conference. She is currently working on a book designed for Sunday School volunteers, and also serves on the special needs curriculum team for Standard Publishing. Katie’s most important credential is her “MBA:” She is MOM to Bill and Annie. Katie and her husband, Tom, live with their two teenagers and a quirky mutt named Mitzie, in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. Why “Diving for Pearls?” Click here for the story.