Last month I discussed a specific program that was set up to educate special needs children in catechism, today I’d like to focus on the other side of that issue, dealing with children in a ‘regular’ catechesis program who have special needs.
In, Catechists for All Children (OSV publishing) by Joseph D. White and Ana Arista White, we are reminded, “The Church is designed by God as an inclusive community.” (Pg. 23). The authors have written a book designed to address several special needs of children when learning the faith.
Fearful or Withdrawn Children
Inattentive or Impulsive Children
Children with Low Intellectual Functioning or Learning Disabilities
Children who have Special Physical Needs
Non-English Speaking Children
The Whites have broken down each chapter into a scripture passage, questions for reflection, information and ending with a checklist. It is an easy and informative read.
As the mother of children who fit into almost all of these categories, I feel that Catechists for All Children is an invaluable resource.