Catholic Diocese of Dallas

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Special Needs-Awareness of Persons with Special Needs [R.2012]

This course raises awareness of the various disabilities affecting people within our parishes. This course will explore the foundations needed to be the one church for all ages, all stages, and all abilities and calls into action the 1978 Pastoral Statement of United States Catholic Bishops on Persons with Disabilities, a document that set forth the vision for ministry for persons with disabilities. Objectives At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Be familiar with church statements on disabilities
  • Recognize and identify the primary disabilities affecting our children and its immediate impact on the learner
  • Understand foundational beliefs necessary to foster spiritual growth and relationships with God and others


Special Needs-Creating an Effective Classroom for the Catechetical Setting [R.2012]

This course helps the catechist create an appropriate classroom using a differentiated, multisensory, multi-learning style approach. Specifically, participants will learn how to design their lesson plans to increase active learner participation to maximize learning. Objectives At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the dimensions related to multiple intelligences, learning styles, multisensory approaches and differentiated learning
  • Designing engaging lessons
  • Build relationships by choosing to capitalize on students’ strengths, as created by God


Special Needs- Developing Effective Classroom Communication [R.2012]

This course helps the catechist develop an effective communication style conducive to building a welcoming, relationship-based, catechetical classroom where children are set up for learning and success.

Objectives At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Give instructions effectively
  • Implement communication accommodations
  • Reduce spoken language


Special Needs- Using Positive Behavioral Strategies [R.2012]

This course enables the catechist to utilize tension reducing techniques to manage behavior by focusing on positive behavioral strategies. It will introduce the use of timers, sensory stations, take a break tables, behavioral wheels, and the use of Love and Logic techniques to manage behavior. Objectives At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify ways to maintain control of their classroom using proactive attention strategies
  • Use accommodations, modifications and interventions
  • Make use of signals, sensory stations, and catching students being good
  • Shift to a developmental framework
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