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MARCH
2-4
2017

2016 BASS Workshops

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  • Track: Special Needs

    Adapting Curriculum for a Special Need Ministry in Your Church

    March 4, 2016 - 9:00 AM Room: WC 200

    Gisele Darden

    Gisele Darden

    Every student and every church is unique. In this workshop we will discuss practical and creative ways to adapt, modify and create curriculum for the AGE & STAGE of the students with special needs in your Church Ministry.

     

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    High Needs Children and How to Teach ALL Children

    March 4, 2016 - 10:30 AM Room: D8

    Keith Johnson

    Keith Johnson

    Too often churches view special needs children as important but too much of a burden to attempt to engage. However, embracing special needs children can often be the first step toward improving your ministry to all children. • Discover teaching techniques that accommodate learning with reading disorders to improve the learning experience for everyone • Tap into the expertise of parents and build a partnership that helps you reach every child. • Leverage debriefing questions to increase empathy and assertiveness in every child • Learn inclusive methods at each age level to make your church open to everyone

     

  • Track: Special Needs

    Helping Caregivers Be Cared For

    March 4, 2016 - 10:30 AM Room: WC 200

    Shelly Welsh

    Shelly Welsh

    Finding time for ourselves and making sure our cup is full so that we can continue to pour out is often hard for all of us. However, imagine how hard it would be if your life consisted of full time care-giving for a child or other family member that couldn’t take care of themselves at even the basic of levels. Imagine what life would be like if your child’s “toddler years” went well up into the teens, twenties, thirties and forties. Imagine if there was never enough sleep, never a moment to grab a coffee with a friend, never enough time to even make a friend, never a moment to take a deep breath, never a moment to serve in an area other than through the care-giving at home. Imagine if even at church, provided you were even able to get to church, you felt alone, isolated and unplugged due to your care-giving responsibilities. Exhausted yet? Statistics show that a caregiver’s life expectancy is as much as 10 years shorter than their peers. So how can we, as a community and church body, rally around our care-givers and help? This workshop will teach you how to care for a care-giver and be the hands and feet of Jesus in the lives of these families.

     

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    Special Needs Ministry: It's NOT Just For Big Churches!

    March 4, 2016 - 12:00 PM Room: WC 200

    Diane Dokko Kim

    Diane Dokko Kim

    Survey the assets and challenges of leading a special needs ministry at different church sizes and stages. Receive encouragement and practical ideas.

     

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    Becoming an Autism and Sensory Friendly Church

    March 4, 2016 - 1:30 PM Room: WC 200

    Christine Woosley

    Christine Woosley

    We will discuss how sensory issues play a part in behavior and interactions with other people. Awareness of this issue can help you see through other's eyes how your church effects their sensory processing and how you can make it a more comfortable and welcoming space. We will also discuss strategies for setting up an effective learning environment with various supports that will help both learners and volunteers.

     

  • Track: Special Needs

    I (Don’t) Want to Grow Up

    March 4, 2016 - 3:00 PM Room: WC 200

    Christen Morrow-Ara

    Christen Morrow-Ara

    Have you ever wondered what life looks like for our friends with disabilities, as they become adults? The social, emotional, and life changes that come with transition out of educational and even vocational programming create incredible opportunities for the Church to engage our friends as vital members of the body who are invited, celebrated and needed. I will share personal experiences from my work with Young Life Capernaum to explore how we might bridge relationships and smooth this transition for our friends and their families by linking arms with the Church to welcome and engage a part of the community that is often completely missed! We’ll share a few models for what this can look like as well as offer resources to equip you and your team.

     

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    Inclusion vs. Self-Contained Classrooms: Meeting the Needs of Students and Building Community

    March 4, 2016 - 4:30 PM Room: WC 200

    Debbie Lillo

    Debbie Lillo

    This workshop will provide guidelines for deciding whether your children, teens, or adults with disabilities would benefit most from a buddy program or a self contained classroom. Participants will be given tools for creating self-contained classrooms for students of all ages, and for creating opportunities for special needs students to build and maintain relationships with their typically developing peers.

     

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    The Role of the Church in Promoting Healthy Special Needs Families

    March 5, 2016 - 8:00 AM Room: WC 200

    DeJuana Golden

    DeJuana Golden

    Currently 16.8 million family caregivers are caring for special needs children under 18 years old and of this amount 55% are caring for their own children(National Alliance of Caregiving). Even more staggering is the fact that over 50% of special needs parents report being clinically depressed.

    With these facts and the increasing rates of special needs parents succumbing to the pressure of raising their children, the growing need for church outreach and counseling is real.

    Not only do congregations face challenges in accommodating special needs families, but how do churches and pastors reach this unique population of families? What can churches do to go beyond the church walls to touch the lives of stressed, as well as emotionally and mentally wounded populations of parents who need a source of strength to care for their special loved ones?

    In this session, we will discuss tangible ways that congregations and pastors can reach out to special needs parents with the goal of increasing emotional and mental well-being. Offering a unique parent-perspective, I will unveil the need and ways that pastors can address this need through outreach, counseling, and support services. Whether you are a small or large Body of Christ, you can and will be equipped to touch the lives of special needs families!

     

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    How Might We Become an IRRESISTIBLE Church?

    March 5, 2016 - 11:15 AM Room: WC 200

    Debbie Lillo

    Debbie Lillo

    This workshop will explore the qualities of a church so IRRESISTIBLE that our friends with disabilities and their families cannot help but come. We will consider carefully the ways we might change to compel these families to come hear more about Jesus and will discuss ways that becoming more IRRESISTIBLE to families impacted by disabilities causes us to IRRESISTIBLE to many others who feel disenfranchised.

     

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    More Than Special Ed: Rethinking the Church and Disability

    March 5, 2016 - 12:45 PM Room: WC 200

    Brandon Woosley

    Brandon Woosley

    An opportunity to consider what we mean when we talk about disability, and the various ways people with limitations are the Church.

     

  • Track: Special Needs

    10 Things Students With Autism Want You To Know

    March 5, 2016 - 2:15 PM Room: WC 200

    Elizabeth Morgan

    Elizabeth Morgan

    This workshop is designed to give an overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder and the impacts it has the child, family and church community. An emphasis will be on giving strategies to support inclusion and full participation.

    Elizabeth Morgan ha a scheduling conflict so Lisa Krejci will be presenting this workshop in her place. Lisa is an Occupational Therapist and leads the His Kids Ministry at Venture Church in Los Gatos. Her passion for the special needs community began in 1996 after visiting an orphanage in the Ukraine. Now, after over 14 years of experience as a professional Occupational Therapist, she has found great joy providing therapy for students and adults with developmental disabilities. While volunteering in church Sunday school, she realized that the church in general was not equipped to support children with special needs. Lisa now co-leads a ministry for children and families with special needs at Venture Christian Church and is passionate to see families with special needs children integrated into ministry.

     

  • Track: Special Needs

    Special Needs Parent Panel

    March 5, 2016 - 3:45 PM Room: WC 200

    Debbie Lillo

    Debbie Lillo

    This workshop will feature a frank discussion with a cross-section of parents who have children with disabilities. We will explore the parenting challenges, the spiritual implications of living a challenging life, and the blessings families have experienced by being fully welcomed into the Body of Christ.