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9:45 AM

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Getting to Yes

Churches are often reticent to welcome those with disabilities because they worry about the potential effort and cost involved in making accommodations for these individuals. Not all with disabilities need accommodations, but some do; without them, they cannot actively participate in church life. Open-hearted believers want to be helpful and encourage full inclusion in the Body of Christ. But how can that be done with little knowledge of disabilities, limited human power, and already stretched budgets? We will define “accommodation”, analyze real examples, and brainstorm how to meet individuals’ critical needs in reasonable ways to reduce barriers to full participation.

Room 102

Dr. Mary Ann Winter-Messiers

Creating a Safe Place

Lori and Sara will show how to create and run a sensory support classroom in your faith community. From effective intake questions to sensory equipment to strategies for connection and calming children, they'll show you how you can create a safe-haven for kids with significant challenges while still moving toward the goals of safety, comfort, and inclusion.

Room 103

Sara Hague and Lori Hood

Finding Our Piece in the Picture: Promoting Inclusion through the Arts

Stephanie believes in the power of art to promote healing, connection, and a sense of belonging in individuals and in groups. In this session, she will give examples of how she’s seen art help people see their value and connection within a group, and will provide tips on how to implement these ideas to promote inclusion with people of all abilities in a variety of settings.

Room 127

Stephanie Jackson

Understanding Children Who Experience Autism Spectrum Disorder

With 30+ years in the education field, primarily focusing on young children who experience autism spectrum disorder, Florien has been very instrumental in Lane County in training and coaching teaching staff and parents effective educational strategies for children who are on the autism spectrum.  In this session, Florien will bring a clearer understanding of children who experience autism spectrum disorder; including information on their strengths, learning style and some ideas for making their classroom experience a positive one.  In addition, she will review some potential co-existing medical conditions that may impact individual children who are on the autism spectrum.

Garden Room

Florien Deurloo

11:30 AM

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Tools To Help Children Feel Safe & Promote Emotional Regulation 

Learn to interpret all behavioral expressions as communication of need rather than a disruption to your classroom.  Emotionally regulated adults are typically the very best tool to help children who may be feeling stressed, triggered, or unstable in your church settings.  Learn tools to help teachers and child ministry staff initiate self regulation and further tools and strategies to help children with special needs disengage the stress and begin the process of self-regulation and calming.  Staff who have a clear plan are far more likely to exhibit the confidence and reassurance children need in order to feel safe and understood in order to solve problems.  

Room 102

Corey Jackson

Understanding Children with Sensory Needs

An introduction to recognizing and understanding children with sensory processing needs. Strategies for helping children in their daily life will be discussed.

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Stephanie Wagers

Let the Children Come: How to Build an Inclusive Kids’ Ministry

In this session, Sara will present a flexible and inclusive model for adding special needs support into your existing children’s ministry. Whether you have a full kids’ ministry team or just a few volunteers, this session will equip your church to welcome children with special needs and their families into your faith community.

Room 103

Sara Hague

Getting Started with Special Needs Ministry

Josh is currently leading the Kids Ministry at Grace Community Fellowship in the process of supporting families of kids who have special needs. Come learn some of the questions to ask, steps to take, and mistakes to avoid in the early stages of planning for the future.

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Josh Doebler

2:50 PM

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When You’re Not Fine: Seeing Transparency as a Lifeline for Special Needs Families

Many Christians grow up thinking they are supposed to be “fine” all the time. But in special needs families, “fine” can be hard to come by. In this session, author and pastor Jason Hague will talk about the power of spiritual and emotional honesty in the lives of hurting families. Along the way, he will discuss the power of prayers of lament, how to embrace weakness in relationships, and to rely on God’s abiding presence to get us through everyday struggles.

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Jason Hague

Integrating Teens with Special Needs into Youth Groups

Elementary-age Sunday School classes are structured, and students with special needs often feel safe there because they know the rules. Middle school, High school, and young adult youth groups are far less structured and are based on social interaction where the “rules” are far more fluid, and individuals with special needs feel so overwhelmed, they prefer to stay away. We will discuss ways to integrate them into the youth group, to make them feel welcome and comfortable so we no longer have to ask the question, “Whatever happened to . . . ?”

Room 127

Debbra Kelson

Understanding Behavior

 

This session will provide details in the understanding of behavior, how to approach/handle challenging behaviors.

 

Topics include planning for and avoiding challenging behaviors, tips for de-escalation, and what to do during challenging/crisis behavior.

Room 103

Evan Ryerson

Tips for Creating a Welcoming Faith Community

From communication, social skills and cognition, there are many myths related to disability. In this session, Laura Dahill and Kelli Ngariki, two parents of children with special needs, will debunk some of these myths. Dahill and Ngariki will also share information about the power of words and how to best support families navigating a disability. This session will conclude with valuable tips that churches can easily implement to create welcoming and inclusive faith communities.

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Laura Dahill & Kelli Ngariki