Children with Autism: Suggestions for Catechesis

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Children with Special Needs:   Suggestions for Catechesis

This is an outline to assist catechists as they guide a child with special needs who is learning about our Catholic faith.

       Getting to know Jesus – Developing a relationship with Jesus

Who is Jesus?

  • Mary will have a baby, the one everyone is waiting for, Jesus the son of God.
  • John points to Jesus, that he is special and will bring people together.
  • The Baptism of Jesus

What did Jesus teach?

  • Jesus taught that God loves everyone
  • Jesus taught how to pray.
  • Jesus teaches we should be kind to other people.

What did Jesus do?  Jesus brought people together by:

  • Feeding people;  healing people; loving people
  • The Lord’s Supper – a way to remember and be with Jesus

    Introduction to Sacrament

  • Baptism: We become part of Church family
  • Reconciliation:  When we make unloving choices, we hurt our relationship with God and other people.
  • Eucharist: Jesus is present in the Host.  When we receive Communion, Jesus is with us in a special way.  Jesus wants us to be nice to other people.
  • Confirmation: We commit ourselves to follow Jesus in all the choices we make in our lives.

    Introduction to Prayer

  • We can pray in many places.
  • We have many reasons to pray.
  • Use adapted prayers of the Church (under construction).
  • Signs and movements to use in prayer in place of expressive language (under construction).

Stories to Help with Faith Formation:

    • The Annunciation: the Angel Gabriel announcing Jesus’ birth to Mary (Lk 1:26-38)
    • John the Baptist introducing Jesus to his followers (John 1:35-42)
    • Baptism of Jesus (Mark 1:10-11)
    • Intro to what Jesus taught (Mark 1:21-28)
    • Jesus Heals Peter’s Mother-in-law and many others (Mark 1:20-39)
    • Four friends carry their friend through the roof to get to Jesus (Mark 2:1-12)
    • Feeding stories (Mk 6:30-44; 8:1-10)
    • Jesus teaches us to pray (Mt 6:9-13)
    • The Last Supper (Luke 22:19)
    • The Early Church Gathers (Acts)