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Awetism is taking a short break


Note from shop owner AWETISM is on vacation for the time being while I finish writing Of Such is the Kingdom: A Practical Theology of Disability.

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Mar 3, 2018

AWETISM is on vacation for the time being while I finish writing Of Such is the Kingdom: A Practical Theology of Disability.

Summer Kinard

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Summer Kinard


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Interventions that help kids with autism participate fully in church.

My goal is to bring proven interventions to families with autism so that they can participate fully in the life of the Christian faith. I'm the mother of five children, four of whom are on the autism spectrum. If you see a product in my shop, it has helped my family or the family of someone close to me.

When we were first learning to manage our children's needs in church services, I asked for advice from my children's therapists. For a few months, we hired therapy students from the local graduate school to help us keep track of our children and to model faith language to the ones who are nonverbal. After I made the Visual Schedule for the Orthodox Liturgy, the services went much smoother. The core vocabulary intervention has also been a life-changer for us, allowing two of my nonverbal children to learn to speak, and to become familiar with the language of the faith. (See shop video for the Core Bible Study board explanation.)

I hope that these products also help your family.

I combine my experience helping my children, my learning from therapists and lots of continuing education in autism therapy best practices with my theology background to bring you resources that help communicate the faith to children with complex communication needs. Though I am Greek Orthodox, my theology background (M.Div. 2003, and Th.M. 2005 from Duke University Divinity School) and connections with friends in other denominations help me to translate the broad language of the Christian faith into the visual language that speaks to children with autism.

To put it another way, my spiritual gift of tongues is that I speak autism.

The products offered in this shop are completed to a high degree of finish, and I believe they are well worth the prices asked for their preparation. If you are unable to afford them and wish to make them for yourself, you can find the instructions and free printables on my website, Summer Kinard under the Special Needs Resources tab.

The images are copyrighted to BoardMaker, and they are not to be sold. If you purchase items using them from this shop, you are paying for my preparation time and materials and expertise in developing them into a usable format.

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