"I sleep but my heart watches over this house which I have built."     St. Thèodora Guèrin   

Specialized Approaches

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OCE utilizes a variety of programs and adaptive materials to offer people with disabilities specialized catechetical programs when appropriate. For example, SPRED (Special Religious Development) continues to grow and provide an environment in which persons with developmental and cognitive disabilities can experience ongoing faith formation, as well as positive integration into the liturgical and community life of the Church. Special annual events like the Archdiocesan SPRED Mass, dinner dances, and weekend retreats offer persons with disabilities special opportunities to experience Christ in a larger community of peers.




 

 SPRED: Special Religious Development

 Publisher SPRED Chicago: click HERE to visit website
Materials for parish groups are ordered each year through the Archdiocese of Indianapolis 
   
 Description: SPRED is a method and curriculum for religious education, designed for children and adults with developmental disabilities.  Parish groups are formed by chronological age.  In each session there are three parts.  In the preparation time, each person is welcomed, and invited to enter into the community by choosing a quiet activity which is modeled by a catechist, in order to prepare for the catechesis.  Catechesis is symbolic and both age and developmentally appropriate.  Finally the session is gradually brought to a close with the sharing of a meal. 

To learn more about SPRED in our Archdiocese, click HERE
   
   
 

The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Program to Improve Catholic Religious Education for Children and Adults with Intellectual Disabilities

    
 Publisher  RCL Benziger: Click HERE to view website
   
 Description Versatile and comprehensive curriculum for catechesis.  Designed for children and adults with mild to moderate intellectual disabilites.  Consists of 220 lesson plans, including preparation for First Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation.  Lessons build on each other, and are divided into four sections, or levels: Foundational, Relational, Discipleship and Mission.
   
   
   

Pflaum Gospel Weeklies Faith Formation

 Publisher  Pflaum: click HERE to visit website
   
Description  This program consists of a faith formation handbook- What the Church Believes and Teaches- plus 32 weekly liturgy-based lessons.  While not specifically designed for students with special needs, this program comes in various reading levels from Pre-K through 8th grade, with pictures to help visual learners and activities to implement outside the bible study to transfer the teachings into actions in the community.  The sessions are broken into three parts, sharing faith stories, listening to the Gospel, and building Christian community.  These shorter, focused sessions help keep the learner's attention and allow opportunity for short breaks and movement if needed, and so can support students with learning disabilities, Autism, Attention Deficit Disorder, or social emotional needs.
   
   
   

Adaptive Sacramental Preparation Kits for Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation

 Publisher  Loyola Press: Click HERE to visit website
   
 Description Designed primarily for individuals with autism, but useful for learners with other special needs as well.  For those who need strong visual support, these kits include many tools, such as flip books, picture cards and stories, and puzzles to communicate concepts and help meet the particular requirements for receiving the sacrament, also to familiarize the student with what will happen in the rite itself, to help relieve anxiety.