March 3, 2017 - 9:00 AM Room: WC 200
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.
March 3, 2017 - 10:30 AM Room: WC 200
In this workshop I will share where I started and where we are currently at.My hopes and dreams along with God's direction on where we are headed for the future of Special Needs Ministry. I will share about some of the challenges along the way but also the blessing that have come from being in prayer and faithfully waiting and watching the hand of God grow our volunteers and the students and families we serve on any given Sunday. How also that the support from pulpit and pastoral staff and the church body as a whole can increase the awareness of your Special Needs Ministry. I will share also how we are now introducing inclusion of several of our Special needs students into regular Sunday School Classrooms.
March 3, 2017 - 12:00 PM Room: WC 200
This workshop will help you to better understand the unique ways disability affects each member of the family; parents, spouses, siblings and grandparents. It will offer tools for loving families well from Sunday to Sunday and through various life experiences. Its primary goal is to equip you to see that every member of the family fully belongs.
March 3, 2017 - 1:30 PM Room: WC 200
Receive insight and practical strategies from an autism parent and special needs ministry leader: How might autism impact individuals, families and Special Needs Ministry teams? Learn common challenges (FAQ's), teaching strategies, practical tools and tips to establish best practices that help families and ministry teams partner together more effectively for successful inclusion.
March 3, 2017 - 3:00 PM Room: WC 200
Game. Games & More Games....Using games as an developmental/educational tool to provide students and opportunities for deeper learning. Games will also allow an opportunities for interaction and opportunities to make choices as they learn more about Jesus.
March 3, 2017 - 4:30 PM Room: WC 200
The church and a person’s faith have a profound impact on their mental and emotional well being. Many studies reveal that when faith is included in wellness planning, individuals experience shorter recovery times, fewer hospitalizations, and fewer relapses. Faith is the cornerstone of personal wellness and self-care, particularly for special needs parents.
The church plays a critical role in encouraging special needs parents when caring for their children. It’s a fact that during a given year, clergy see more people than psychologists and psychiatrists combined. Clergy are actual first responders when a person is suffering from spiritual, emotional, and mental breakdown.
But the question is are you equipped, have you devised a strategy, and have you made it known and evident to special needs parents that you are there and ready to serve them?
Even if you feel as if your church home adequately offers special needs accommodations -- do you provide and promote services, outreach, and counseling to meet the needs of special needs families?
March 4, 2017 - 11:15 AM Room: WC 200
Practical tools for an Irresistible Buddy Ministry. 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 the questions and give you practical tools for setting up a 1:1 Buddy Ministry that allows everyone to be included. You will come away with tools and encouragement to begin and grow ministry that will benefit families and volunteers.
March 4, 2017 - 12:45 PM Room: WC 200
Designed for church ministry leaders and student ministry volunteers, this workshop seeks to dispel the myths of autism by providing an easy-to-understand definition of autism spectrum disorder and functional ways that any church can support individuals with autism successfully within their church body.
March 4, 2017 - 2:15 PM Room: WC 200
This workshop will give an overview of all behavior, challenging or not, as a form of communication. Individuals with various forms of disability may exhibit behavior that proves challenging for them or others around them. Understanding some of the 'why's,' behind such behavior is a foundational part of supporting both the individual and their community. Attendees will learn several positive behavior strategies to promote communication with the goal of reducing the occurrence of challenging behavior that might be a barrier to certain environments and activities. Tips on collaborating with outside support networks, parents and other members of the church body will be discussed, and we will end with a brainstorm session around several real-life scenarios.
March 4, 2017 - 3:45 PM Room: WC 200
Have you ever wanted to hear more from special needs ministry leaders about how their ministries began, the challenges they have overcome, and the blessings that they've experienced? This workshop will feature a panel of special needs leaders from some of the Bay Area's most vibrant ministries. They will each share what their ministry looks like and answer questions from the facilitator the audience.