Alex has been at Word Alive this week to promote a new training course that is aimed at Churches. Alex has struggled to cope with a lot of the noise and busyness and has had to have a lot of breaks and support to manage. Nevertheless everyone has been welcoming and it has been good to meet many who have bought Alex’s book or taken posters or leaflets. We hope that this will be the start of a conversation around making Church’s and conferences accessible to autistic people and their families. This course is a work in progress and Alex and Sylvia are asking for feedback and ideas on how to improve and expand the course.
This course will provide Churches members and Christians with an insight into autism and how it may be experienced by individuals on the autism spectrum. Alex who is autistic will be sharing his personal experiences of Church and coming to know God as a person with autism. This course is full of advice and support to help you to make space within your Churches for autistic people and their families. Alex provides this training form his personal experience of having autism. When Alex was small there was a point when he was terrified of public buildings. He went through a time of not wanting to go into shops, restaurants or even Church. This was a particularly difficult time for Alex’s family. As a family we felt isolated and cut off from friendship and support. It was no-one’s fault but it was difficult. We felt as though my world was falling apart. What can Churches do to help families who have a child with autism and how can the Church and Christians accommodate the needs of autistic adults.
Here is the lesson plan
AUTISM AND THE CHURCH WHY BOTHER?
‘The Church was a horrifying place’
ALEX COMES TO UNDERSTAND GOD
- Alex talks about his understanding of God and emotions
FINAL POINTS AND LINKS
- God has given me autism