This new edition of an indispensable handbook provides a wealth of practical tips, including a new chapter on behavior management and an updated discussion of what "Autism Spectrum Disorder" means.
It will enable your church to
- appreciate those with ASD as persons created in God's image
- discover ten strategies for including people with ASD
- develop an action plan for ongoing ministry
Reproducible resources include:
- Sample Interview Questionnaire for Children's Ministry
- Sample Interview Questionnaire for Adult Ministry
- Sample Observation Form
- Sample Parent Permission Form
- Sample Adult Permission Form
- Sample Job Description for Coordinator of Ministry to Children and Adults with Special Needs
- Sample Individual Spiritual Formation Plan (ISFP)
"Autism and Your Church contains lots of practical tips to successfully include individuals on the spectrum in church."
—Temple Grandin, author of The Way I See It
"I love what Barbara Newman is bringing to the body of Christ. Her book is a gift. Our families need the church, but more importantly, the church needs our families."
—Emily Colson, author of Dancing with Max, winner of the Autism Society of America's Literary Work of the Year Award
"A diagnosis of autism is often very isolating for an individual and his or her family. While the church should be the first to welcome and enfold each member of the body of Christ, it is often ill-equipped to deal with the unique needs of those affected by autism. This book provides helpful information about the diagnosis; practical, easy-to-implement strategies; and loving reminders of our mandate to interact with each person as a valued imagebearer with gifts to enhance our community of believers."
—Laurel Falvo, Certified Family Life Educator, Executive Director, The Gray Center for Social Learning and Understanding
"This excellent new edition of Autism and Your Church will quickly become a well-worn resource on the desks of church staff and volunteers alike."
—Stephen Grcevich, MD, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, President of Key Ministry
"This book is a priceless resource for churches. Barbara Newman's inclusion strategies, behavior management methods, and strong belief in the gifts and value of all people make this book essential reading for every church worker who wishes to welcome people with ASD."
—Connie Hutchinson, Director of Disabilities Ministry, First Evangelical Free Church of Fullerton, California