Deacon Larry Sutton knows first-hand how important and rewarding catechizing children with developmental disabilities can be. In How to Welcome, Include, and Catechize Children with Autism and Other Special Needs, he provides bishops, pastors, DREs, and other diocesan and parish leaders with a guide for creating a program that addresses the needs of children with physical, developmental, and cognitive disabilities and welcomes them into the life of the parish.
How to Welcome, Include, and Catechize Children with Autism and Other Special Needs helps parishes:
- Understand disabilities—and abilities
- Build relationships with children with special needs?
- Provide one-on-one customized catechesis using existing resources
- Inspire teens to volunteer
- Revitalize, educate, and involve the entire parish
How to Welcome, Include, and Catechize Children with Autism and Other Special Needs provides the insights needed to build an effective faith formation program. By sharing stories of success and inspiration that affect everyone—pastor, parent, student, teenager, and teacher—he delivers the unexpected: that catechizing children with special needs actually nurtures the faith of the entire parish.
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About the Author
Larry Sutton is an ordained deacon and a psychologist specializing in autism. He is director of the Western Pennsylvania Office of Autism Services. He is nationally recognized for developing his own system for providing religious education to children with special needs.
Table of Contents
1 Religious Education and Children with Disabilities 1
2 Autism and Other Special Needs 15
3 The Individualized Catechesis Method 29
4 Roles in the Program 43
5 Starting a Program 59
6 Working with Parents, Students, and Teen Faith Mentors 71
7 Sacraments 87
8 Surprises 99
About the Author 109