on February 19, 2007
A book on the topic of including special needs children in church ministries was badly needed and this book is VERY well done! I am a teacher and the mother of a son with autism. I found the book to not only address issues for the Sunday School program, but also to be a TERRIFIC handbook for parents, regular ed teachers, and special ed teachers -- There are some really great activities included in the book that will help demystify the special needs child to the neurotypical child. In my opinion, all faiths will find this to be a tremendous resouce. I bought two the first time I ordered-- one for our family and one for our minister. I have just placed an order for another to give away...I hope that the authors will write a sequel -- addressing the supports that siblings and parents of special needs children would find helpful from their church families. I'll be first in line to buy it!!
on September 13, 2008
This book is written for the typical Sunday School teacher with no prior special needs training, however, even special educators can learn from it, or at least be reminded of essential principles. I loved this book because it offers practical advice for putting Christ's practices in to action in the Sunday school classroom. More important than changing what we are teaching to reach the child with special needs, is the changing of our attitude about why the child is there to begin with, and from there how to impart the lesson, which may be different than the lesson being taught to the other children. We all learn differently, and we all come away from a situation with a different experience. I loved the book and recommend it for use even in a secular classroom. I had our church purchase several of these books for all of our Sunday school teachers to read. It's easy to read and can be read in a few sittings. It should be required reading for ALL (not just special needs) Sunday school teachers.