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ERIC Number: ED526472
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 182
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1245-3659-0
Children with Disabilities and Ministry: Training Adults for More Effective Ministry
Lopez, Robert M.
ProQuest LLC, D.Min. Dissertation, Asbury Theological Seminary
The church has a great responsibility to minister and provide a place where children can experience the love of God. The spiritual journey of children is often nurtured in the Sunday school room, Bible class, or some other church setting. Under the best of circumstances, this journey is a formable task. One must consider the challenges that arise when a child arrives who has special needs such those that result from autism spectrum disorder. Teachers, church leaders, and classroom helpers arc often overwhelmed by what to do in response to such needs. The purpose of this study was to develop, implement, and evaluate a training module that prepares church and children's ministry leadership to teach and engage children with disabilities, via referencing children with autism spectrum disorder, by using teaching methods and communication strategies that create an environment where children can experience lessons about God's love. The adults who took the training module had clear increases in the areas of affective orientation, knowledge of disabilities, and instructional skills. Adults were also motivated by the gifts and graces of the children and the potential for life changing ministry. Increased knowledge led to positive attitudes and feelings of motivation regarding children and disabilities. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States