Praying With Our Bodies (p. 10)
Children with intellectual/developmental delays (such as autism), or children with cognitive differences, may benefit from a demonstration of various ways we use our bodies to pray. Invite other children in the class to model prayer gestures and postures such as folding hands, bowing their heads, and getting on their knees. After each gesture or posture has been modeled, have the group perform it together. Then demonstrate making the Sign of the Cross. Have the children repeat each gesture after you.
Children with writing or fine motor difficulties (such as dysgraphia), or who struggle with delayed small muscle development, might prefer to tell you ways that they use their bodies to pray and then have you write their responses in the space for them.
Children with reading difficulties (such as dyslexia) might find the matching activity at the bottom of the page challenging. Guide them in placing the pointer finger of their left hand on the first phrase on the left side (“God the Father”), and then use your finger to point to each option on the right side as you read it to the child. This will help them to see the phrases they need to connect with a line.
Children who have difficulties with attention problems or impulse control might need to see a demonstration of the Sign of the Cross as they draw each line to complete the matching activity. Read the words at the bottom of this box a second time as they draw the lines to match the phrases of the Sign of the Cross with the actions. Before you recite each part, remind the children to look at you. Then say the phrase slowly (e.g., “In the name of the Father”), and then ask them to connect that phrase to the phrase on the right that describes what you are doing.
Celebrating New Life (p. 13)
Some children may prefer to write what they learn about their Baptism instead of drawing it. Children with writing or fine motor difficulties (such as dysgraphia) might prefer to tell you about their Baptism and have you write what they share in the space provided in the Child Book.
Sacraments of Initiation (p. 14)
Children with reading difficulties (such as dyslexia) might need help spelling the names of the people they go to church with. Children with writing or fine motor difficulties (such as dysgraphia) might prefer to tell you the names so you can write those names for them on the back of the pews in the illustration.
Baptism Starts Us on Our Journey (p. 16)
Children with writing or fine motor difficulties (such as dysgraphia) will likely prefer to paste pictures here rather than write names or draw pictures. It will be important to let parents of these children know in advance that it might be helpful to have a photo or two to include here. However, if children do not bring photos of family members and friends, pictures of saints would also be appropriate (such as Mary, the Mother of God; a saint the child is named for; or the parish’s patron saint). Have some small pictures of various saints ready for children to paste on this page.