Episode Description: Many ministry leaders want to support children with autism and their families, but they feel under qualified or don’t know where to start. In this episode, we share a breakout session from Orange Conference with Diane Dokko Kim, a disability ministry consultant and the author of “Unbroken Faith.” Diane addresses the four most common questions she hears about engaging children with autism and other disabilities, and she shares some practical strategies you can use to make sure families feel accepted and cared for.

Episode Recap:

  • Leaders tend to ask four questions about engaging kids with autism (1:12)
  • What if we’re not qualified? (2:24)
  • What do these kids and family really need? (4:07)
  • What can churches do? (5:51)
  • Consider creating an online intake form for parents (7:45)
  • Tools like a spiritual IEP and a help wish list can make a major difference (9:27)
  • Find ways to engage kids and their families outside of weekend services (11:58)
  • What if we mess up? (13:36)