In:Dependence
In:Dependence
Jun 15, 2022
Caring for Autistic Children in Church (with Sophie Killingley)
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How can church leaders make church welcoming and accessible for autistic children and their families?

In this episode, Phil Topham (Executive Director) is joined by Sophie Killingley (Send Evangelical Church) to talk about her experience as the mother of autistic children and serving in ministry as the wife of a pastor.

00:00 - Introduction
02:28
- Terminology of autism
05:26
- The impact of having autistic children on church ministry
08:57
- How can the church serve autistic children?
14:06
- Breaking down barriers
18:53
- Welcoming visitors with autistic children
21:41 - Autistic children in youth and children's work
24:13 - pitfalls to avoid
29:13
- Normalising autistic behaviour in church

Resources mentioned in this episode

You can watch a video of this episode and access further resources for church leaders on the FIEC website.

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