Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Loyola Press offers Adaptive Kits for the Sacraments for People with Disabilities

Loyola Press offers  a variety of resources for people with disabilities to help them participate in the Sacraments, including the Adaptive Reconciliation Kit   and Adaptive First Eucharist Preparation Kit .

The Adaptive First Eucharist Preparation Kit includes "eight pieces, including picture cards that help children maintain focus during Mass and a matching puzzle that helps children differentiate between the Host and ordinary food. This kit also includes social stories and picture exchange communication system (PECS) strategies."

  For more information about its history and testimonials, click here.

The Adaptive Reconciliation Kit helps individuals with disabilities to prepare for Reconciliation. It includes:

  • The Reconciliation Flip Book introduces the steps of the process of celebrating the sacrament.
  • I’m Sorry Cards help individuals understand and actively communicate contrition.
  • The I Am Forgiven Sequence Puzzle helps individuals recognize the impact of their actions on others, learn the “sequence” of forgiveness, and experience the joy and peace that comes from being forgiven and forgiving others.
  • Jesus Forgives Instructional Story Card stresses that God loves us, forgives us, and restores us.
  • Jesus Wants Us to Make Good Choices Matching Puzzle is a choose-the-match activity that associates Jesus with good, moral choices by matching Jesus with the Good Choice symbol option.
  • The Good Choice/Bad Choice Cards help individuals recognize good and bad choices in categories such as self, others, and God’s creation.
  • Examination of Conscience Instructional Card invites individuals to prayerfully look into their hearts to evaluate how they may have hurt God or other people with their thoughts, words, or actions.
  • I Celebrate Reconciliation Picture Book invites and reminds individuals to celebrate the sacrament with confidence, comfort, and joy.
  • An adapted version of the Act of Contrition, the Act of Contrition Instructional Card, allows individuals with special needs to acknowledge sins, ask God for forgiveness, and express desire to repent.  (*The Act of Contrition as prayed in American Sign Language)
  • The Helper Guide explains how to use each component in the kit to meet the USCCB requirement of having a sense of contrition to fully experience and celebrate the sacrament.
  • A backpack allows individuals to transport all the components to and from church, home, or faith formation classes.

    For more information and testimonials, please click here

    Loyola Press is also launching a Special Needs website this month.  Please check back as additional resources will be added.

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