Deacon Larry Sutton knows firsthand 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.
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
In How to Welcome, Include, and Catechize Children with Autism and Other Special Needs Deacon Larry 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.
William G. Storey was professor emeritus of Liturgy and Church History at the University of Notre Dame.
Deacon Larry Sutton shows parish leaders how to adapt their religious education programs to include and welcome children with developmental disabilities into the life of the parish.
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