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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: We Have a Special Needs Family in Our Church - Now What?


Don't panic! This workshop and discussion will familiarize you with approaches and proven models in helping to consider the needs of families and children with special needs. This could include the development of a specialized ministry. However, each church is different and examining your church's identity and purpose is important as you seek to care for the people that God brings to your church. Joni and Friends material as well as other resources will be shared to encourage you that while this may be unfamiliar it is very possible to love and care for the needs of these special families and children.

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