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The Adaptive First Eucharist Kit will enable many people with autism and other special needs to participate fully in their faith, individuals who might not be able to receive the Eucharist.
“All baptized persons with disabilities have a right to adequate catechesis and deserve the means to develop a relationship with God.”
—National Directory for Catechesis, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
The Adaptive First Eucharist Kit for individuals with autism or other special needs includes eight pieces:
My Picture Missal Flip Book and Mass Picture Cards are for use at Mass. They help the individual maintain focus and actively participate in the Mass.
Bless Yourself Matching Puzzle helps the individual learn how to make the Sign of the Cross. This activity can be paired with parent or catechist modeling so it becomes a gross motor imitation task.
Who Is Jesus? Instructional Story introduces the individual to Jesus as the Son of God and relates God’s family to the individual’s family.
Communion Is Not the Same as Food Matching Puzzle helps the individual distinguish between the Eucharist and ordinary food.
How to Receive Communion Matching Puzzle shows all the steps of receiving Communion reverently, providing a guide for the individual to practice. This learning tool may be taught with sequencing or modeling.
I Receive Communion Picture Book reinforces the reverence and proper steps of receiving Communion.
Helper Guide includes tips on how to use the kit.
A backpack so the individual can transport the items from home, faith formation sessions, and Mass.
Learn about the My Picture Missal Flip Book and Mass Picture Cards (Individual or 10-pack)
David Rizzo is a physical therapist who works with children and adults with developmental and physical disabilities. He is the author and presenter of a professional rehabilitation seminar entitled "Autism: Where neuroscience meets clinical practice." David and his wife Mercedes have four children, one of whom, Danielle, has autism and is non-verbal. Dave and Mercedes developed picture-based materials and activities to explain the sacraments to Danielle to help prepare her for Holy Communion. This was featured on the Diocese of Trenton television program The Catholic Corner and in the Our Sunday Visitor magazine.
My Picture Missal Flip Book and Mass Picture Cards: The Order of Mass in PicturesMy Picture Missal Flip Book and Mass Picture Cards are for use during the Mass, to walk children through the parts of the Mass and provide interactive cues for actions and gestures.
My Picture Missal Flip Book and Mass Picture Cards (10 pack): The Order of Mass in PicturesMy Picture Missal Flip Book and Mass Picture Cards are for use during the Mass, to walk children through the parts of the Mass and provide interactive cues for actions and gestures.
Spiritually Able: A Parent’s Guide to Teaching the Faith to Children with Special NeedsSpiritually Able is a resource for parents who are seeking ways to grow and nourish a deeper relationship to God and their faith for their child with special needs.