Autism in Faith Formation (SN 4)

Course Level: Advanced

Course Summary

Any Church community, if it thinks it can comfortably go its own way without creative concern and effective cooperation in helping the poor to live with dignity and reaching out to everyone, will also risk breaking down, however much it may talk about social issues or criticize governments. It will easily drift into a spiritual worldliness camouflaged by religious practices, unproductive meetings and empty talk. (His Holiness, Pope Francis, 11/24/13, no. 207)

The above quotation from Pope Francis echoes in the halls of our faith formation settings, in our hearts, our homes and gathering places. It is important that all persons involved in faith formation, understand what it takes to minister to persons with special needs.

This e-course introduces catechetical leaders, catechists, catholic school educators and parents to a deeper understanding and the impact of autism spectrum disorders on faith formation. It can be perceived as a guide for cultivating faith learning environments that support and incorporate persons with autism within the catechetical environment. Understanding developmental disorders, including autism, will make it easier to embrace individuals with these disorders and their families in parish life. The course will also cover proven suggestions and techniques to engage and communicate effectively with individuals with autism spectrum disorders within catechetical settings.

Course prerequisite:  Disabilities in Parish Life: An Overview

Successful completion of this course earns 2.5 CEU's.

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