Y 65 How to Include Autistic Children and Young People in Church: Creating a Place of Belonging and Spiritual Development for All (2021)


Without considered and intentional measures, many aspects of church life can pose challenges for autistic children and young people.

This practical guide provides useful advice on how to make church a space where autistic children and young people can thrive. It urges children’s, youth and families’ workers to be agents of change within both their own ministries and the wider church community, building a better place of inclusion, belonging and spiritual development for all.


Olly Goldenberg of Children Can writes:

"Mark offers a fantastic introduction to supporting autistic children in the church. For both the experienced practitioner and someone looking for information there is so much packed into this short booklet. It contains some great explanations of life from an autistic perspective as well practical ideas on how to move forward in supporting autistic young people. If every church were to implement these simple suggestions and principles our communities would be the richer for it. I thoroughly recommend this booklet to anyone who works with children."

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Author: Mark Arnold

Mark Arnold has 35 years of Christian youth work experience, and is Additional Needs Ministry Director at Urban Saints, a national children’s and youth work organisation. He is founder of The Dads’ Fire Circle and Co-Founder of the Additional Needs Alliance, both vibrant and fast-growing online communities, and blogs as The Additional Needs Blogfather.

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