WHAT IS THE SPECIAL NEEDS MINISTRY AT COLONIAL HILL?
This ministry is open to children of all ages who have developmental or physical disabilities. Any child who meets this criteria may be enrolled and can participate with our volunteer staff in the sensory room during weekly services and special events when applicable.
WHAT DO WE PROVIDE?
This ministry exists so that parents and guardians can attend our worship services and be confident that their child is being loved and cared for appropriately. Depending on class size each week, the sensory room will be staffed with two to four volunteers. Our volunteers are background checked, and the room is also video-recorded. Volunteers will be given the information you provide about your child during the registration process. Our Special Needs Ministry Coordinator, Jaci Johnson, will coach volunteers each week regarding stimulating and/or calming activities, sensory aversions, behavioral triggers, and the specific needs of each child in the room. This is why it is mandatory that children are registered prior to participating in the sensory room.
WHAT DO WE NOT PROVIDE?
We do NOT provide therapy, behavioral modification programs, or medical interventions.
WHAT ARE SOME DIAGNOSES THAT ARE CONSIDERED "SPECIAL NEEDS"?
- Cerebral Palsy
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Down's Syndrome
- Many Others
**We feel that children only with ADD/ADHD can be served in our children's ministry or sit with their parents during service without utilizing the sensory room.**
HOW DO I ENROLL MY CHILD?
Parents or caregivers must first fill out the registration form below. Shortly after, our Coordinator, Jaci Johnson, will schedule a brief meeting in person or over the phone to further discuss your child's needs and answer any questions you may have. Jaci will also hand you a brief information page including directions to the sensory room.
WHAT IF I NEED TO MISS A SUNDAY SERVICE?
Please contact Jaci at firstname.lastname@example.org or (512) 923-0675 if your child won't be here for a Sunday as we closely monitor the ratio of children to adults in the room.