Spiritual Needs and Special Needs.
Religion is an important part of the lives of many people. No matter what your religious beliefs the sense of belonging and community that comes from worship can be a great source of comfort and peace. However being able to attend worship services and learning to fulfill spiritual needs can be a challenge for special needs children. From sensory issues to behavioral problems to feelings of not being accepted many special needs children simply cannot cope with the traditional concepts and behaviors that are considered normal during worship. There can also be problems in religious instruction classes or "Sunday School" (depending on what your faith offers for children) because in many of these classes the instructors are volunteers and don't always have training in working with special needs children.
How can parents who want their special needs children to participate in their religious traditions find help to work with their clergy to make sure that t