March 6, 2015 - 9:00 AM Room: WC 200
Autism Spectrum Disorders and their effects on families and the church are explained. Inclusion strategies and tools will be shared to help you have Successful Sunday mornings in worship and your Sunday School classroom.
March 6, 2015 - 10:30 AM Room: WC 200
“Individuals and families affected by special needs to through a grieving process. Life has not turned out the way they had hoped and dreamed. Often, grief is not recognized or identified for the individual and or family to move forward. Come learn how to identify the various cycles of grief, learn strategies for walking an individual or family through the cycles to help them to discover a New Normal.
March 6, 2015 - 12:00 PM Room: WC 200
Children with special needs are often left out of the circle when it comes to learning about God’s Word. This workshop will answer many of your questions and give you practical tools for setting up a 1:1 Buddy Ministry that allows these students to be included with their peers. You will come away with the tools and encouragement to begin and grow your Special Needs Ministry that will benefit your families and volunteers.
March 6, 2015 - 3:00 PM Room: WC 200
Children who have special needs grow up to be teens and adults who have special needs. As they grow the methods and ministries must grow too. In Ages and Stages we will identify major transitions, ways to minister in these transitions, critical issues to address and procedures to implement to continue to minister with individuals who have special needs and their families.
March 6, 2015 - 4:30 PM Room: WC 200
Although mental illness is as prevalent in the church as anywhere else, it's often not addressed in seminary and infrequently brought up in the context of church. Often when mental health issues arise for church leaders there may be shame, theological questions, and lack of education that leave leaders feeling ill equipped to properly respond. This workshop intends to focus on addressing some of these common issues that may arise in the church surrounding the topic of mental illness through lecture and open discussion.
March 6, 2015 - 4:30 PM Room: D1
In this workshop you will learn to sensitively welcome individuals with disabilities and their families. You are often the first face they will meet and your response may affect the likeliness that they stay. You will gain general disability awareness and gain specific skills to welcome them into the church.
March 7, 2015 - 8:00 AM Room: WC 200
This workshop will consider causes for challenging behavior and will suggest best strategies for encouraging positive behavior. While our primary focus will be on supporting individuals on the autistic spectrum and other who have limited language skills, the strategies will be useful for working with all children and teens.
March 7, 2015 - 11:15 AM Room: WC 200
“Individuals with special needs and their families are often disconnected and isolated from their community. They need to know there is a place for them in the Kingdom of God. Come discover ways for your church to reach, teach, and minister to children, youth and adults with special needs and their families; learn how to be an extension of God's grace in their world.”
March 7, 2015 - 12:45 PM Room: WC 200
"We're a small church. We don't have Special Needs families. We don't have the resources, budget, space or staffing. Let the big churches do it!"
Diane Dokko Kim, Special Needs Ministry leader at New Beginnings Community Church in Mountain View, CA will dispel common myths or concerns at launching a special needs ministry initiative. Diane will share from her experiences serving at three different churches, and survey the unique assets and potential challenges of special needs ministry at different sizes and stages of development. If your church is praying about a new Special Needs ministry, seeking fresh ideas to support an existing one -or any stage in between- receive encouragement and practical ideas for right where you are.
March 7, 2015 - 2:15 PM Room: WC 200
Churches are in a unique position to care for an overlooked group: the siblings of special needs children. Growing up with a special needs sibling is very different from only having typically developing siblings. These siblings are often encouraged or expected to help care for their disabled sibling or help their overwhelmed parents around the home more than their peers are. These children also grow up more quickly than their peers and often feel like they do not quite fit in. The church has a wonderful opportunity to recognize and build up their value as children of God and individuals apart from their disabled sibling. To give them the support and safety to question a loving God who handed them an unfair life. To come alongside and walk with them on a tough journey. While there are sibling support groups around the nation, they are not faith-based and thus lack essential elements such as hope, love, and meaning that a Christian community can provide. This session will discuss some of the hurdles facing these siblings as well as practical ways church communities can walk with them in their faith and daily life.
March 7, 2015 - 3:45 PM Room: WC 200
Children and adults with special needs often have difficulty learning in a traditional manner. This workshop will give you practical tools to help all students learn about Jesus and have the opportunity to come to know and love Him. You will learn how to use multi-sensory tools to engage all learners including those with mild to severe cognitive, communicative, physical and/or behavioral impairments. Topics will include: • teaching using a multi-sensory approach that focuses on students’ strengths • how to actively and creatively engage all learners in a lesson • useful items to have in a special needs classroom