Raising kids is challenging these days but having ‘special needs children’ places even more demands on a marriage and family. How can couples stay close and carry the load together? How can the rest of us help ease the strain for them? Elementary educator and author Jolene Philo shares the secrets to implementing the 5 Love Languages in a Special Needs family on this important edition of Equipped!
During her twenty-five-year career as an educator, Jolene Philo collaborated with special education teachers to mainstream children in her elementary classroom. She left education in 2003 to become a writer and speaker. Jolene is the author of several resource books for the special needs community: A Different Dream for My Child, Different Dream Parenting, The Caregiver's Notebook, and Does My Child Have PTSD?. She co-authored Every Child Welcome: A Ministry Handbook for Including Kids with Special Needs with Katie Wetherbee.
She and her husband Hiram have two adult children and three grandchildren
Chris Brooks is the Senior Pastor of Woodside Bible Church, a multisite congregation across the metro-Detroit area. Chris served for 20 years as the Senior Pastor of Evangel Ministries, a thriving 1600-member church in the heart of Detroit. He also served as the campus dean of Moody Theological Seminary in Plymouth, Michigan. A popular Detroit radio host since 2005, Chris is the author of Kingdom Dreaming and Urban Apologetics. He graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in Finance, completed his MA in Christian Apologetics at Biola University, and graduated from the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. He is currently pursuing a DMin degree at Asbury Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Yodit, are the proud parents of 6 children, Christopher, Zewditu, Cameron, Judah, Sophia, and Christyana.