To the Catholic moms with Autistic children, I wanted to know if any of you had your children receive their First Holy Communion with their CCD class--ceremony and all, or if you were able to arrange a "private" course of instruction and ceremony?
I have contacted my church, but I have not heard back yet, and wanted to know if you were able to make any special accommodations?
I think it is important for my son to receive all of his sacraments, but I fear he will not comprehend or will be confused with all of the meta-physical teachings (he is very literal), and I KNOW he will have an issue with actually receiving Communion--getting dressed up, and eating the Communion Wafer (sensory issues), and is likely to throw a fit--which would be very embarrassing, frustrating, and disruptive to all.
I am hoping our Church will be open to making special accommodations, but I'd appreciate any information you may have in the meantime!
They should make accommodations for you - here's a blog from a Catholic Mom who's child made her First Communion. It contains some tips that might be helpful for you:
Answer by eringobrough at 3:40 PM on Aug. 2, 2009
Answer by 2autisticsmom at 3:09 PM on Aug. 2, 2009
I would talk to the priest and discuss what options there are. I'm sure they will be able to make some sort of accommodations. I love the church that my husband goes to (and where the kids take religious ed) because the sacraments are very personal. You prepare as a family and not as a class. Then, when your child is ready they receive their First HolyCommunion either with a group of kids if they decide to do it together, or on their own. Anyway, just talk to the priest and to the CCD director and see what you can do. I don't have an autistic child, but my youngest is 7 and has severe ADHD and I know she's not ready yet. I know she just won't understand or have the patience to go through all that right now. That's why I glad I don't have to feel rushed to do it.
Answer by anime_mom619 at 3:44 PM on Aug. 2, 2009
Answer by Shell89 at 4:42 PM on Aug. 2, 2009
Answer by RedRowan at 8:25 PM on Aug. 2, 2009
RedRowan, while some churches don't accommodate many do. I am gluten free and so is my daughter and our church does have gluten free hosts (though I don't take communion any more). You do have to be very proactive, but many times it will pay off in the end. Many churches are now aware of things like autism and celiac disease, etc and are finding ways to accommodate. It depends on the diocese and the priest at each church though.
Answer by anime_mom619 at 9:46 PM on Aug. 2, 2009
Answer by metalcowgirl34 at 10:19 PM on Aug. 2, 2009
Answer by roachiesmom at 11:32 PM on Aug. 2, 2009
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