Engaging Disability Director Ashley Belknap will be at YLT Nashville on Thursday, January 26. Ashley will present a two-part seminar on Discipling and Enfolding Students with Disabilities and then will be available during lunch and the Q&A.
Discipling and Enfolding Students With Disabilities
Part 1: Discipleship for Students Impacted by Disability
Every student in your youth ministry needs the opportunity to hear and understand the good news of the Gospel and be able to grow in their understanding of who God is, what He has done, and how He is at work in the world and our lives today.
This seminar will teach you the foundations for discipling students with unique learning needs (diagnosed and undiagnosed). We will cover topics such as profession of faith in students with disabilities, how to break down Bible content so that every student can grow in Christ, as well as how to engage and motivate students who have learning challenges related to learning disabilities, ADHD, screen addictions, and disabilities.
Part 2: Encouraging Relational Growth in Students Impacted by Disability
Every student in your youth group needs the opportunity to experience genuine fellowship and friendship in the body of Christ. Relationships are an integral way that God works in the lives of his people, and yet students with unique needs and diagnosed disabilities often have great challenges related to developing and maintaining friendships as they transition into youth ministry.
In this seminar, we will cover topics such as how to support differing social skills, the role of executive functioning skills in games and ice breakers, how to educate youth on unique needs present, how to encourage the development of relationships across youth ministry, and the role of “extras” (retreats, outings, activities, etc.) in the development of friendships with ways to adapt for unique needs.