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Faith Formation: Special Needs

Resources including: Children & Family Curricula & Storytime; Confirmation/Affirmation of Baptism; Denominational Resources; Tween & Teen Mental and Spiritual Health; Sexuality & Identity; and Online/At-Home Tech

Children's Books

Apple and Magnolia: Laura Gehl, Patricia Metola: 9781947888357: Amazon.com:  Books          Bear's Bicycle     The Boy Who Grew Flowers     Picture of Different--A Great Thing to Be!     Elephant's Music: Filipina, Monika: 9781433835056: Amazon.com: Books               Main_lend_a_hand_cover               The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder               We Can                         

Addresses issues children might hear about in the news and may not understand; straightforward and kid-friendly explanations of tough topics; includes ideas for what they can do to help make the world a better, fairer place. Each book has a glossary and additional resources.

The series includes: Culture and Diversity; Rights and Equality; Protecting the Planet; and Rules and Responsibilities.

Books to Help Talk about Bullying     Picture Books that Celebrate Diversity

Tweens & Teens Books

Diary of a Young Naturalist     Disability Visibility     Rolling Warrior     We Can

Chapter Books about Bullies, Bystanders, and Being Kind     Celebrate Diversity with Chapter Books

Adult Books

     Picture of Disability     Disability and the Church     Disability Visibility     Disability Visibility     Dutiful Love: Empowering Individuals and Families Affected by Mental Illness     Read This to Get Smarter     Sincerely, Your Autistic Child     Trauma-Informed Children’s Ministry     Picture of Views from the Spectrum

Judicatory & Other Denominational Resources

United Church of Christ Minnesota ConferenceThe MN Conference UCC Faith Formation Resources page includes resources for Talking with Children about Violence and Anti-Racism:

 

Anti-Racism

shares several resources about well-being in Covid-19 times, including this list geared toward caring for Youth.

UMC Ministry with Children (fb) includes tips on empowering and listening to children in this time of pandemic and a list of resources for further mental and spiritual health and formation.

The PACER Center (pacer.org, 952-838-9000) is Minnesota’s primary parent resource for navigating the IEP and 504 process. They provide resources and staff to advise parents and professionals regarding their needs. Rev. Stephanie Friant, a member of the Disability Concerns Ministry and volunteer PACER Parent Leader, is trained and available to review IEPs with parents/guardians, assist with IEP meetings, and answer questions from church staff or contacts (815-592-3207, stephanieHfriant@gmail.com).

Trainings, Seminars, & Websites

Arc's virtual program library is a free hub of on-demand activities that can be done from home by people with disabilities, their families, and service providers.

Browse listings to find activities like:

  • Dance, yoga, and other movement activities 
  • Internet safety
  • Virtually touring places like Disney World and museums
  • Jeopardy templates
  • Self-advocacy support

Browse Arc's programs here.

Curriculum

Watering Can Press - Home Page     Teaching Helps     

In Our Library

     Book cover of Accessible Gospel          Watering Can Press - Home Page     Autism and Your Church - Barbara J Newman | Faith Alive Christian Resources          Child by Child: Supporting Children with Learning Differences and Their Families  -     By: Susan Richardson    Autism and Faith cover Teaching Helps     Every Child Welcome          Including People with Disabilities in Faith Communities     Book cover shows colorful pinwheel          THE SPIRITUAL ART RAISING CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES