PODCAST: Churches and special needs children

Enjoyed the conversation with Telly Award winning artist and Aspire Women’s Conference speaker Jennifer Shaw, who recently wrote an article offering churches five strategies to welcome families who have children with sensory or autistic disorders.

Here is a link for the article and you can watch the podcast above.


“I wrote the article because this is a major problem that most American churches are not addressing,” says Shaw. “It is estimated that 1 in 50 children is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and some sources say children who struggle with Sensory Processing Disorder, like my son Toby, is as high as 1 in 20. I have heard heartbreaking stories of children being kicked out of churches of being disruptive or ‘too much to handle.’ These families feel lonely, isolated, bitter or hopeless. They want to be in church, but they feel unwelcome.”

According to her publicist, Jennifer’s book “Life Not Typical: How Special Needs Parenting Changed my Faith and my Song” is a resource for Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization.

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