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Special-needs resources available for religious education

LINCOLN (SNR) – The Diocese of Lincoln Religious Education Office has made available online several resources meant to assist pastors, administrators, and educators who teach the Catholic faith to students with special needs.

The resources include materials for sacramental preparation, as well as overall faith formation.

‘Adaptive learning kits’ are available for preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, first Communion, and the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Additionally, the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy program offers a comprehensive religion curriculum designed to help parents and catechists in their task of teaching special children and adults about the Catholic faith. The program may be used in a variety of religious educational settings: parish religious education, either in an inclusive classroom or in a specialized setting or the home. The curriculum covers the major aspects of the Catholic faith and the lessons are written developmentally so that concepts are built one upon the other.

To learn more about how to effectively use these materials in a Catholic school or parish setting, or for further inquiries regarding religious education for students with special needs please contact Mrs. Kathy Donlan at 402-805-4545. Donlan is an educator at St. Joseph Catholic School in Lincoln, and teaches children with special needs in both individual and classroom settings.

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