March 4, 2016 - 9:00 AM Room: WC 200
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.
March 4, 2016 - 10:30 AM Room: D8
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
March 4, 2016 - 10:30 AM Room: WC 200
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.
March 4, 2016 - 1:30 PM 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 4, 2016 - 3:00 PM Room: WC 200
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.
March 4, 2016 - 4:30 PM Room: WC 200
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.
March 5, 2016 - 8:00 AM Room: WC 200
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!
March 5, 2016 - 11:15 AM Room: WC 200
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.
March 5, 2016 - 12:45 PM Room: WC 200
An opportunity to consider what we mean when we talk about disability, and the various ways people with limitations are the Church.
March 5, 2016 - 2:15 PM Room: WC 200
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.
March 5, 2016 - 3:45 PM Room: WC 200
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.