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