Last one today! Yay! It’s a short one, but it’s because I have this super surprise for you. I’ve worked with the incredibly talented Gabe Wilson to come up with a social story called “I Serve at the Altar.” Download it for free, print it, and read it to your kids, as a thanks for reading this series. This one was really exciting for me! Thanks for reading. 🙂
Let’s round it out with some keep-it-in-mind points.
Dos and Don’ts for Parents
1. From the start, DO educate your priest on your child’s needs, triggers, challenges, and strengths.
2. DO consider including Dad, a brother, or an older, experienced server in the training process. Make sure this is a person who knows your child’s triggers and can recognize the subtle beginnings of a meltdown.
3. DO talk with your priest before feast days or services that include extra prayers after the regular service (or other exceptions). Some exceptional moments to consider: kneeling prayers of Pentecost, memorials, the palms on Palm Sunday.
4. DON’T make assumptions about normal practices, and discuss them with your priest.
- How will the use of the holy water brush affect him?
- Prostrations in front of others, in vestments (such as on the Sunday of the Cross)
- Does he have any depth perception issues that would cause trouble with stairs during processions?
5. DON’T underestimate the potential for distractions and hazards when he sees something he likes.
- Does he flap his hands or arms when he hears certain words or sees certain things?
- Will he obsess over the flame and refuse to put out the match?
- Would he chant or call out at inappropriate times?
And…that’s a wrap. I hope you love this download–because I really do!