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.