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A Conference for Northern California Churches

Cynthia Zierhut

Research Psychologist

MIND Institute

Sacramento, CA

(916) 947-6255

Cynthia Zierhut is a Clinical and Developmental Psychologist specializing in working with young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families. She is a research psychologist that participates in studies examining the efficacy of the Early Start Denver Model, a treatment for toddlers with ASD. Dr. Zierhut's passion is inclusion and has worked both professionally and personally to create inclusive environments for persons with ASD. She founded and is the former director the Champions ministry, a fully inclusive special needs ministry, at Capital Christian Center in Sacramento in 2006.

2014 Workshop

Special Needs: What Autism Spectrum Disorder Has Taught Me About God: Insights From Research And Practice


Dr. Zierhut is a wife, a mother of four boys and works as a research psychologist at the MIND Institute in Sacramento, California. At the MIND she works in the area of treatment for very young children with ASD. In this workshop, Dr. Cynthia Zierhut shares a brief but current overview of scientific discoveries in Autism Spectrum Disorder and her perspective on how these findings relate to the nature of God. Taken together with her clinical and ministry experience over the past twenty years, this presentation promises to be authentic and inspirational. She considers it favor and only because of Him that her work has recently taken her to Poland, Spain, Germany, Austria and Australia to work along side therapists and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of children touched by ASD. She is the founder and former director of the Champions Ministry at Capital Christian Center in Sacramento and the founder of Evening of Dreams a fully inclusive prom for teens with special needs. She is passionate about Inclusion and the role of the church.

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