Who is the Special Needs program primarily intended for?
Individual Child: Children who are diagnosed under the Autism Spectrum often experience discouragement, bullying, and social inadequacies. Journey here at Central Christian provides an inviting, understanding personal atmosphere to welcome the special needs child and their family.
This ministry to children with special needs focuses primarily but NOT exclusively on children ages 5-12 with emotional disorders rather than physical disorders while also diagnosed under the Autism Spectrum Disorder. This also includes children with special needs that may not be included under the Autism Spectrum Disorder, i.e. Down syndrome AND children diagnosed with emotional disorders such as anxiety, PTSD, depression, etc.
JOURNEY, the Special Needs Ministry of Central Christian Church officially started February of 2012. This ministry is well staffed by a quality team of volunteers from within the congregation of Central Christian Church. JOURNEY is coordinated through the Children’s ministry and is led by Bob Nooe, an experienced Child Therapist who is also a school counselor that specializes with emotionally disturbed children.
What if I need to miss a Sunday service? Please call 316.425.0655, our Central Kids Hotline, as soon as you know you will not be attending even if it is Sunday morning.
JOURNEY is still developing...
However, we are not prepared to include children with specialized physical needs such Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, etc., unless the parent/guardian provides a care worker that will remain with the child throughout the Sunday morning class time.
What is autism? *Source: WebMD
Autism is a brain disorder that often makes it hard to communicate with and relate to others. With autism, the different areas of the brain fail to work together.
Most people with autism will always have some trouble relating to others. But early diagnosis and treatment have helped more and more people who have autism to reach their full potential.
Symptoms of autism include:
- A delay in learning to talk, or not talking at all. A child may seem to be deaf, even though hearing tests are normal.
- Repeated and overused types of behavior, interests, and play. Examples include repeated body rocking, unusual attachments to objects, and getting very upset when routines change.
There is no "typical" child with autism. Children can have many different kinds of behaviors, from mild to severe. Parents often say that their child with autism prefers to play alone and does not make eye contact with other people.
What does JOURNEY provide?
If your child’s disability is such that they are unable to benefit from participating in a traditional Sunday school or Children’s Church ministry, they will benefit by attending these specialized classes designed especially for them. Journey is available on Sunday mornings during the 10am church service. The Journey ministry provides:
- Kids participate in the worship service. Children have this weekly opportunity to participate at their ability level.
- Bible/scripture lessons presented in small group or even individual settings for the children so they may better understand the message of Christ.
- Each of these children is paired with a “Buddy” when attending on Sunday morning. A Buddy is an adult mentor that gets to mentor alongside the same child each week. This allows us to better understand the personalities of each of these very remarkable children.
- Respite Care: We schedule a two hour Friday evening respite care evening every so often which allows the primary caregivers can take an uninterrupted evening while their Special Needs child is in a safe and caring environment at church.
Quarterly Sunday lunches with guest speakers who provide training, encouragement, and fellowship time alongside other parents with a special needs child.
How do I enroll my child in JOURNEY?
The first step is to contact the special needs ministry director, Bob Nooe by email. A meeting and interview time will be set up with the parent or guardian so that you may be able to express your child’s needs and the placement for your child.
It is very important that you contact us before your first planned Sunday in the JOURNEY program, so we can make arrangements and be more completely prepared to provide your child with the support that they need.