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Review: The Child with Autism Learns about Faith

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One day my friend Gina over at Special Happens reviewed a book. It was about teaching faith to children with autism. This intrigued me because it is something I often think about. How do I explain God, an invisible and infinite being, to my very literal-minded black-and-white thinking son on the autism spectrum? I approached Future Horizons to see if they needed more reviews of this book, and they graciously sent me a copy.

I will state at the beginning that Kathy and I probably have different beliefs about certain areas of Scripture. I do not recommend this book because I think it will tell you how and what to believe. However, I do recommend it as an insight into how to start a class for special needs students at church.

In the beginning of The Child with Autism Learns about Faith, Kathy explains her journey to creating a church program for special needs children. She specifically mentions that in most churches you will not find enough helpers to run the program, so you will probably end up using the children’s parents. Because of that, she includes a Bible study for parents to do during a portion of the weekly program when all the kiddos are occupied. I think that is brilliant! Parents need spiritual support, as well as emotional support from other parents in the trenches.

Kathy divides The Child with Autism Learns about Faith into two major parts: educational for the reader, and then 15 lessons that are all set to use. I loved the way Kathy wove her personal experiences as an autism mom throughout the book, making her credible and also encouraging other caregivers. I see this book as being a tool to help church leaders understand families dealing with autism. You can order your own copy from Future Horizons by clicking here or on the picture of the book.

As you know by now, Future Horizons invited me to be part of their blogger review team. They have sent me other great resources, and I am looking forward to sharing them with you! Kathy Labosh has also written The Child with Autism at Home & in the Community, and it’s next on my list to review. The foreword made me tear up!

If you’d like to read my friend Gina’s perspective on this book, you can click here for her review. Future Horizons sent me a copy of The Child with Autism Learns about Faith for honest review. All opinions are my own.

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Author: Jenny Herman

Jenny Herman is not anyone special or a hero. She's just a working special needs homeschool mom who uses the Power of One to "just keep swimming". Visit her blog jennyherman.com to learn more.

3 thoughts on “Review: The Child with Autism Learns about Faith

  1. Having worked with autistic children in a secular capacity, I think there are much more important things that their adult carers should be helping them access and understand. Having witnessed children reduced to tears in lessons by trying to understand metaphor in poetry when the sea is clearly not a dog, I wonder how helpful it is to encourage them to believe they are watched by an omnipotent man who judges their actions. But each to their own I suppose.

    • Thanks for leaving your input, Siobhan. What I did not make clear is that Kathy mentions that we need to teach very simply. I also noted that I recommended this book to help church leaders understand autism families.

  2. Wow…honestly of all the lessons my son needs to learn – I can’t imagine not Blessing him with the Gift of Faith. Some things you need to make a priority. God will take care of the rest. Life without Faith is no life. As for keeping it simple.

    Simply put – God is love. Got love – got God!

    Ps. Go figure yesterday was ST. Pats day. Today at Mass I was rushed and packed nothing to keep my son busy. I found construction paper in the car and a pen. I grabbed a Nativity book left in the car. At 4 my son knew we needed the story of Jesus and the cross and the rock. I quickly drew a remake of his Easter story book. Then we had room left on paper so I drew a Shamrock w God Jesus and the Holy Spirit. He was delighted by the Shamrock/Holy Trinity lesson. 🙂

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