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Ten Ways Churches Can Help Those With Autism

Ten Ways Churches Can Help Those With Autism
  • * Have a good structure to activities e.g. a timetable with pictures
  • * Use visual communication to supplement, or instead of, verbal communication e.g. use picture cards
  • * Look at the positives - see the person with autism the way God sees them - as unique, of equal worth and value
  • * Talk with and try and understand the person. Acceptance is a powerful Christian value. If those with autism are accepted for who they are it helps people to relax and adjust more easily in any situation
  • * Have a 'time out' area or room where individuals can chill out if they get stressed or feel overloaded
  • * Use Social Stories to explain potentially difficult elements of church e.g. communion (see our Resources section for an example)
  • * Give someone practical tasks and responsibility e.g. ask them to pray at a set time, help wash up, serve tea/coffees, give out hymn books
  • * Empathise with the person's situation - try and understand what they are feeling
  • * Try and find a reason if any challenging behaviour arises. Perceived naughtiness may just be the result of frustration in trying to communicate
  • * Pray - for the person concerned, for your own actions, for those around who could help

Through the Roof also provides training workshops for churches seeking ways to welcome more people with autism. Visit our 'Training and Speaking' section under 'What we do'