Fantastic write-up by Daniel Bowman, a Professor of English at Taylor University:
CRINGING AT CHURCH: WHAT It is LIKE AS AN AUTISTIC Individual IN YOUR CONGREGATION
When we share a constellation of symptoms to several degrees, people today on the spectrum are exceptional people who land in quite a few denominations and churches. We will be in your congregation, and I pray your thoughts and heart are open to us. For we, as well, are fearfully and wonderfully—if a tiny differently—made.
Building a church atmosphere that is friendly to adults and young children with autism is really hard, esp. simply because autism is pretty a spectrum, some crave visual stimulation, other individuals are allergic to it.
One particular fantastic ministry I’ve heard about runs out of Lakewood Church in Houston – YES, I mentioned Lakewood Church – is named Champions Club, which is “a specially created developmental location for children, youth, and adults with specific requires. Our target was to create a plan that would meet the developmental requires of young children in 4 vital techniques: SPIRITUALLY, INTELLECTUALLY, MENTALLY, and PHYSICALLY. Our concentrate is on spiritual development by means of God’s Word, creating the intellect of every single participant by means of the 5 senses, educationally by means of several studying tools, as properly as engaging the kid physically through active gross motor enjoyable. We can adapt Champions Clubs to a college or public facility atmosphere. Now there are Champions Clubs in schools, churches, and facilities all across America and about the globe.”