A special needs child can sometimes make going to mass a bit of a challenge. Â Not only do we hope our children can sit quietly and absorb some of what is going on, we also hope our children are not disruptive to others. Â Often our children, at first glance, don’t seem like they have special needs. Â It’s not uncommon to get a dirty look from another parishioner who just doesn’t understand. Â
Thankfully there are companies out there like Loyola Press that do understand the unique situation of special needs families and are reaching out and creating products to help. Â
It can be intimidating to figure out how we will navigate the process of our children receiving the sacraments. Â Our special needs children do not have to be left out when preparing for these special events. Â Just like parents of typically developing children, we want our kids to be fully engaged and prepared to the best of their ability. Â
As Leah’s time to receive First Holy Communion and First Reconciliation draws near we have been looking for resources to help her prepare. Â We first started with Faith, Family and Children with Special Needs. Â It’s a wonderful book with lots of tips, suggestions and encouragement. Â I then happened to come across the review for the Adaptive First Eucharist Kit at Many Little Blessings and I knew I needed to find out more. Â
When Loyola Press graciously agreed to let me review the kit, I couldn’t wait to get started! Â
What Does the Adaptive First Eucharist Kit Contain?
* Helper Guide
* My Picture Missal
* Mass Cards
* Bless Yourself
* Who is Jesus?
* Communion is Not the Same as Food
* How to Receive Communion
* I Receive CommunionÂ
Leah has been taking the backpack with her to mass for several weeks now and she loves the backpack. Â She is paying closer attention at mass and is getting better at pointing out the appropriate parts with the “My Picture Missal”.
When I get the kit out at home she is eager to sit with me and use the materials. Â She loves practicing the sign of the cross and putting the puzzle pieces in the correct spot.
What I Like About the Adaptive First Eucharist Preparation Kit:
* Hands on material
* Simplified but not dumbed down
* The Backpack! I love that she has something tangible to take to mass with her.
I’m thankful that companies like Loyola Press are seeing the need for items like the Adaptive First Eucharist Preparation Kit. Â These kits can help all members of our church participate fully in the beautiful liturgy of the catholic church. Â I appreciate being able to help our daughter fully experience the powerful gift of the sacraments. Â
If you have a special needs child preparing for First Holy Communion, I highly recommend this kit. Â Also, be sure to check out the Adaptive Reconciliation Kit as well.
*Disclaimer: I was given a Kit for review purposes, no other compensation was provided. Â My thoughts are mine own!
You may also be interested in:Â First Holy Communion Resources