Empowering Kids with Disabilities, Part 2: The Need for Love and Belonging

by Mar 27, 2023How-Tos, Special Needs Parenting0 comments

Jolene explains the second of the five basic needs, love and belonging, with a goal of empowering kids with disabilities.

Empowering kids with disabilities is essential for their present and future well-being. Unfortunately, as I mentioned in the first post in this series, empowering our kids is rarely our first priority as parents when our medically fragile kids are fighting for their lives, and our kids with a host of other conditions are failing to meet milestones or struggling at school.

Even so, we need to make empowering kids with disabilities a priority. But how?

As a parent and a teacher, I have found the 5 basic needs of all humans as described by William Glasser to be a useful framework for empowering kids.

In the first post in this series, I stated that according to Glasser the five basic needs of all humans are survival, love and belonging, power, fun, and freedom. The rest of that post examined our physical need to survive, which encompasses sleep, food, water, comfort, and warmth.

The four other basic needs are psychological rather than physical. Let’s take a look at love and belonging, the first and strongest of those needs. Love and belonging is all about our innate desire to form relationships, to make social connections, to give and receive affection, and to feel like we’re part of the group.

Side note: Jesus knew about this basic human need long before William Glasser. Jesus created us to love him and belong to him. This is one way we are created in the image of God who is and has ever been in relationship as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Click here to read the rest of Empowering Kids with Disabilities, Part Two: The Need for Love and Belonging at Key Ministry.

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By Jolene

Jolene Philo is the author of several books for the caregiving community. She speaks at parenting and special needs conferences around the country. Sharing Love Abundantly With Special Needs Families: The 5 Love Languages® for Parents Raising Children with Disabilities, which she co-authored with Dr. Gary Chapman, was released in August of 2019 and is available at local bookstores, their bookstore website, and Amazon. See Jane Sing!, the second book in the West River cozy mystery series, which features characters affected by disability, was released in November of 2022.


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Jolene Philo is a published author, speaker, wife, and mother of a son with special needs.



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