EQUIPPING CHRISTIAN EDUCATION WORKERS TO SERVE AUTISTIC AND DEVELOPMENTALLY DELAYED CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES

Full Title
EQUIPPING CHRISTIAN EDUCATION WORKERS TO SERVE AUTISTIC AND DEVELOPMENTALLY DELAYED CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES
Author
Kelvin Roberts D.Min.
Abstract
There are currently gaps that exist in how the church provides support and spiritual formation for autistic children and those with other similar developmental delays. The purpose of this project is to examine the gaps that exist in the church's support of children with special needs, and the impact that the church can have by serving and supporting this population.

Traditional theological views on autism and similar conditions as well the universal church views on these conditions were examined. One objective of this project was to determine the effect these views have on the church's ability to serve and support these families, as well as to determine the amount of education necessary to provide the congregation, staff, and church leadership.

Interviews were conducted with three different families of children with special needs who have made unsuccessful attempts to attend church services. Interviews of one social service organization and two churches already addressing these issues were also conducted.

A Delphi survey with five special education experts who are also Christians was administered to glean strategies from the public-school system in teaching these children and supporting their families. Finally, compiling this information, a training course was developed in conjunction with a special education field leader that is designed to train church staff on how to work with and support special needs children and their families. The development of this training module is the key finding of this project.
Degree Granting Institution
Country
United States
Degree Granted
Doctor of Ministry
Major
Pastoral Care
Type of Work
D.Min. Project
Advisor
Perry Downs Ph.D.
William Donahue Ph.D.
Language
English
Date
2019
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