On Thursday evening Sue Bennett was unable to join us but she recommended that we watch a video titled: How Difficult Can This Be. (linked to material by clicking on the title). We watched the video material in 20 minute segments and engaged in a discussion of the material. Important: This video is worth your time but if you only have a couple of moments be sure to watch the video beginning at the 57:38 to 1:01:06. During this section the presenter speaks about the importance of understanding fairness.
On Friday morning, Sue Bennett joined us and shared from her wealth of experiences how we can better understand Autism and ADHD. She spoke about the challenges these students face in a classroom setting and shared tips on how to better manage our faith formation sessions so that the Autistic and ADHD student can fully participate. The following links are provided from the materials that Sue shared.
Article: 22 Tips for Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Website that can be helpful:
CHADD - Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
The National Institute of Mental Health - ADHD
Additional Youtube material
Books recommended for those seek to expand their understanding
How to Welcome, Include, and Catechize Children with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities: A Parish-Based Approach author Sutton, L.R.
Faith, Family, and Children with Special Needs: How Catholic Parents and Their Kids with Special Needs Can Develop a Richer Spiritual Life author Rizzo, D.
Re-framing your thinking about Autism author Briggs,Holly
Remember that the Diocese webpage title all are welcome which provides you with a Individual Faith Formation Plan that can be used with parents when discussing how best to help their child learn in our sessions. This webpage also contains samples for bulletin announcements that welcome all to your faith formation programming.