Why Children with Autism Should Receive Communion

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Why Children with Autism Should Receive Communion
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Why Children with Autism Should Receive Communion On the Diocese of Trenton's show, "The Catholic Corner," David Rizzo discusses why it's important for kids with autism to receive Communion. Rizzo created a series of learning tools for kids with autism to prepare for Communion. His work developed from his son's 2008 Eagle Scout project.A few years ago, 14-year-old Brendan Rizzo noticed his parents were having trouble in helping his sister Danielle, who autism, prepare for her First Holy Communion. Brendan needed a Eagle Scout project, so he decided to organize a special-needs library at his parish to help Danielle and other children receive the Sacraments.Brendan's parents helped him by developing a series of learning tools to be used by children preparing to celebrate the Sacrament of Eucharist.Based on Brendan's work, Loyola Press developed the Adaptive First Eucharist Preparation Kit to prepare children with special needs. The kit includes 8 pieces, including Mass Picture Cards to help children focus and actively participate in the Mass, and a How to Receive Communion Matching Puzzle, showing all the steps of receiving Communion reverently.

It is Loyola Press's wish that the kit will help more children with autism and special needs participate in the mass more fully and receive Communion.

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