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Include Kids with Special Needs in Your VBS

Special Needs Playtime

There’s a place for everyone at Bible Blast to the Past!

All of our leader resources have been reviewed by special needs experts who provided adaptations that are built right into the program. Every leader can easily make this VBS Special Needs Friendly.

How does it work?

Special Needs Playtime

Most Special Needs programs are set up in one of two ways: inclusion, where kids with special needs learn alongside typically developing kids, or self-contained, where kids with special needs remain in a separate site or classroom and learn there together. We’ve provided resources that can be used in either setting. You use the same teaching materials as the other site leaders, plus the extra helps provided.

Where are the Special Needs tips?

An entire section of the Director’s Guide is devoted to including kids with special needs. In addition, look for the Special Needs Friendly tips and other options in the printed leader materials. Extra activities, modified discussion questions, age-level characteristics, Sensory Inventory Forms, and much more can be found on the Planning & Missions DVD and Age-Level Resources CDs.

Do we need to train volunteers?

Special Needs Playtime

Bible Blast to the Past incorporates the Friendship Model in which kids are partnered with a Bible Blast Buddy—a special friend who gets to know a child (or children) and provides extra help as needed. A Sensory Inventory Form will help leaders know each child’s strengths and weaknesses. No training is required—all you need are volunteers who have a heart for kids with different abilities and needs.

Meet Our Special Needs Experts

Vangie Rodenbeck

Vangie began her journey in special needs advocacy when her son, Noah, was diagnosed with autism at age four; the same year she also began full-time ministry to children. Through efforts to create a place where her son could learn about God, special needs advocacy and ministry became one and the same. Vangie has a B.S. in Christian Ministry and an M.A. in Contemporary Theology. Her thesis project, “Disability and the Image of God”, continued her desire to meld theology, practical ministry, and disability advocacy. She is the host of a blogtalk radio show in partnership with CMConnect called Shaping Special Hearts, sponsored by HeartShaper. She also serves as the Director of Resources for PURE Ministries. Vangie lives and ministers in Cumming, GA.

Katie Wetherbee

Katie is an educational consultant who works with churches, families, and schools. She is also a writer; her articles have been featured on the MOPS and Power of Moms blogs as well as K! Magazine and Northeast Ohio Family Fun website. Katie is currently the special needs columnist for Children’s Ministry Magazine. In addition, she and author Jolene Philo are currently writing a book called Every Child Welcome, which will be published in late 2014. Katie and her husband, Tom, live in Chagrin Falls, Ohio with their teenagers and a quirky mutt named Mitzie.

We pray these Special Needs Friendly lessons and ideas will provide the help you need to include everyone in your 2015 VBS program!