Special Needs: Adaptive Kits for First Eucharist, Reconciliation, and Now CONFIRMATION!

One of the challenges we face in catechesis is reaching out to those with special needs to help them encounter Christ in a meaningful way. Loyola Press is proud to be contributing resources to this effort, namely, the Adaptive Kits for First Eucharist and Reconciliation. Now we have proudly added a kit for Confirmation!

Adaptive Confirmation Preparation Kit

The Adaptive Confirmation Preparation Kit was designed to help individuals with autism and other special needs enter fully into the faith experience, prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation, and live their lives as participating members of the Catholic Church. This teaching tool helps individuals meet the USCCB Guidelines: “All baptized, unconfirmed Catholics may receive the Sacrament of Confirmation if they are suitably instructed, properly disposed and able to renew their baptismal promises.”

Components

  • I Receive Confirmation Story introduces the Sacrament of Confirmation.
  • The Baptismal Promises Puzzle emphasizes the renewal of baptismal promises and the beliefs of the Catholic faith.
  • The I Do Card helps individuals who have limited or no spoken language to actively communicate or reinforce their responses to the renewal of their baptismal promises.
  • I Am a Disciple Flip Book reinforces basic Catholic beliefs and practices, and explains how Catholics can live as disciples.
  • My Confirmation Songs CD help individuals better understand the meaning and effects of the Sacrament of Confirmation, the role of sponsors, and individuals’ roles as active members of the Church. Listen to a sample.
  • The Request for Confirmation Template offers two options to help individuals to request the sacrament.
  • The Toss and Tell Ball can be used to foster communication between the individual preparing for Confirmation and his or her sponsor, catechist, helper, or parent.
  • The Helper Guide explains how to use each component in the kit to help individuals prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation.
  • A backpack allows individuals to transport all the components to and from church, home, or faith formation classes.

P.S. All of the Adaptive Kits will soon be available in Spanish!

 

About Joe Paprocki 2166 Articles
Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at www.catechistsjourney.com.

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