On the heels of a successful first trip to church, I met with the children’s director if the church to discuss how to help Rachel better fit into the church, and how to make it so I could actually attend church while she stayed in Sunday school.
One of the many difficulties of attending church with a special needs child is allowing the parent to attend the service while the child stays in a class, at least that gas been my experience. I have found some churches are open to problem solving, whole others are bit equipped.
Thankfully, we have found a church in our new city that is willing to work with us.
Here are some if the plans we have for helping Rachel integrate into Sunday school:
Finding a few helpers who are willing to be with Rachel during the hour. The supervisor thought of a few teens she felt could handle the responsibility.
Putting together a box of sensory and motivating toys that will be just for Rachel. These would be available to her when we drop her off and they will be kept specifically for church. I will provide enough so that they can be rotated. I also want to find something she can hold during story time that will keep her/assist her in sitting down and attending. (Squishy toys might help.)
Then I plan to stay with her for the next several weeks to help her adjust and to assist the helpers with getting to know Rachel.
We’ll see how it goes.