Four *MORE* Ways to Reach out to a Parishioner with Autism

Surprise! There’s more to the story. Last week, I posted a piece on reaching out to an autistic child at church, but I know some of you are still wondering how in the world to have a conversation with someone on the spectrum. Today’s list doesn’t just apply to children, but I hope has a broader…

Thankful Thursday: Patience and bravery

Today, I am thankful for this bit from Elder Ephraim. “Yes (show patience and bravery), and you will see how much strength and joy you will receive in the struggle. For sometimes impatience, despair, and pessimism deprive a person of God’s grace, and then he wrongly attributes it to the burdens he is bearing. But…

5 ways to reach out to an autistic child at church

I’m going to tell you a little secret. Sometimes I forget that, long ago, I did not have the slightest idea how to relate to my own son because of his difficulties. Our tricks (that were, at one time, nothing short of little miracles) are habits now, things we do a zillion times a day….

Thankful Thursday: I saw 38 bridges

William usually communicates in single words or several in a row. On a good day, he’ll use a fragmented sentence or two. His therapist told me today that she’d given him a great big hug when she first saw him last week (it was his return from Christmas break and a series of snow days),…

Things that don’t belong

This may surprise some of you, but it turns out that Ritz crackers do not, after all, belong on the theological literature shelf. Some lessons are tough. It was actually not my kiddo who did this particular bit of mischief, but I was glad to see that someone else was taking artistic license with picking up,…

5 Ways to Involve your Autistic Child in your Church Community

A lot of times, I find myself at the end of a few long months of Liturgies thinking, you know? I don’t think I remember most of Advent. It’s because I’m busy containing my son. That’s challenging enough with neurotypical children, but holy moly. You add the spectrum and yeah. I can’t remember Lent. I…