Author Biography - David and Mercedes Rizzo

David and Mercedes Rizzo 

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.

Articles by David and Mercedes Rizzo

Books by David and Mercedes Rizzo

Spiritually Able

A Parent’s Guide to Teaching the Faith to Children with Special Needs

Spiritually 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.

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My Picture Missal Flip Book and Mass Picture Cards

The Order of Mass in Pictures

My 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.

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Adaptive First Eucharist Preparation Kit

For Individuals with Autism and Other Special Needs

The Adaptive First Eucharist Preparation Kit will enable many individuals with autism and other special needs to participate fully in their faith, individuals who might not be able to receive the Eucharist.

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