Children with disabilities are part of God's family, but people don't always treat them that way. In this book you'll discover how to help kids and their leaders welcome and include kids with disabilities at church or school. This revised edition contains a wealth of helpful information for understanding disabilities such as autism spectrum disorder; AD/HD; behavioral challenges; hearing, visual, and speech/language impairments; intellectual disabilities; physical disabilities; learning disabilities; and severe or multiple disabilities.
This book also includes guidelines and forms to help churches identify and meet needs, lesson plans for presenting information on each area of disability, fact sheets about specific disabilities to share with adult leaders, and much more. It's an indispensable resource for teachers, Sunday school leaders, church staff, and anyone who works with children.
"Barb takes complex information and translates it into a practical guide for the church leader unfamiliar with the world of special education and disability. Children's ministry teachers will appreciate the lesson plans and analogies to help children understand their peers with differences. Church leaders will benefit from countless best practices offered, such as the Parent Interview Guide and suggested word choices throughout the book. This handbook belongs on the shelf of every children's ministry leader." --Amy Fenton Lee, Special Needs Columnist, Children's Ministry Magazine, Special Needs Consultant, Orange
"This book includes valuable information and lesson plans that promote awareness and acceptance of children and youth with disabilities. Developing an understanding of how we are all uniquely made and part of God's kingdom is an important ingredient in successfully welcoming and including kids with disabilities." --Nella Uitvlugt, Executive Director, Friendship Ministries