Easter and Autism

Posted: April 10, 2012 in Uncategorized
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As I’ve shared before we have a dynamic special needs ministry for children at Broadway called All God’s Children. The program meets simultaneously during one of our worship services and employs adapted learning strategies and a very low student-teacher ratio with trained volunteers. Several of our All God’s Children participants, mostly on the autistic spectrum, made their confessions of faith during Holy Week.

One of our All God’s Children parents, Christina Crawford, told the story of her son, Gavin, on Easter. I share it with you here:

We heard Gavin stirring early on Sunday and when we finally got up, we saw him at the dining table waiting for breakfast with the iPad. He was already dressed and he looked up at me and said, “Broadway Christian Church on
Sunday.  Happy Easter, Mom!” I almost cried my eyes out.

1. He never gets dressed without prompts.
2. He knew he had to be dressed and ready to go because church was at 11am
3. He knew it was Easter and used it appropriately to greet me.
4. He added, “mom” at the end of that sentence to make it personal and
directed at me, which meant he was socially aware of someone else other
than himself.

It was by far the most memorable Easter we’ve ever had!
Hope yours was just as wonderful!


  1. vmrtx says:

    Very touching story! You guys are doing it!!! Alleluia!!!

  2. Sam Wright says:

    That is really sweet and special, Christina.

  3. otleaann says:

    By far my favorite story and so glad this program is bringing so much to the whole congregation. I’m a little sad that I didn’t get to see the confession of faith, but I had a few important kids to spend some time with that day 🙂

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