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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.

2011 Workshop

Special Needs: Autism: Behavior and Strategies


Do you have a child/children with Autism in your children's ministry or special needs ministry? Or maybe you are thinking of starting a ministry with this people group in mind. This workshop will review the most common behavioral challenges that teachers/ministry workers face while caring for and teaching students with Autism. Behaviors such as difficulty participating in group activities, unusual behaviors, and aggressive behaviors will be discussed and strategies shared. This workshop is meant to equip and excite you in working with these image bearers of Christ in bringing them into the fold and closer to the Lord!

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