Deacon Larry Sutton knows first-hand how important and rewarding catechizing children with developmental disabilities can be. In "How to Welcome, Include, and Catechize Children with Developmental Disabilities," 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.
"How to Welcome, Include, and Catechize Children with Developmental Disabilities" helps parishes:
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
"How to Welcome, Include, and Catechize Children with Developmental Disabilities" 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.
Larry Sutton is an ordained deacon and a psychologist specializing in autism. He is director of the Western Pennsylvania Office of Autism Services. He is nationally recognized for developing his own system for providing religious education to children with special needs.