Preparing your ASD child for altar service, Part Five: Dos and Don’ts for Parents (and *FREE* social story!)

Surprise! As a thank you for reading, I’ve worked with the incredibly talented professional artist Gabe Wilson to design a social story, “I Serve at the Altar.” It’s available here for *free* download! Come have a look!

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Preparing your ASD child for altar service, part 3: Random requests

Thanks so much for joining me again today in our talk about altar service. Routines and expectations are *really* important to a person with autism. Some people get hung up on time (I can’t put my shoes on, because it’s not 7:43 yet); some have trouble with things being “wrong” (I can’t function today because our…

Preparing your ASD child for altar service, Part Two: The Art of Holding Still

Welcome back! I’m super excited about this series, so I’m glad you’re visiting to check out the second installment. Last week, we talked about safety issues. Today, we attempt to still our squigglers. Oh, boy. While I put this one together, I realized that skills #2 (Holding still) and #3 (Avoiding drawing attention to oneself) were…

Preparing your ASD child for altar service, Part One: Safety

William loves church. He loves the vestments, he loves the beards, he loves the word “Prokeminon,” he loves Father Joel, and he loves that he knows what to expect every week. And I like to think he’s a pretty big fan of God’s. Ergo, it’s been a natural thing to think that, someday, he might really…