Teaching Children with Disabilities

"You are called to represent the Savior. Your voice to testify becomes the same as His voice, your hands to lift the same as His hands."

—President Henry B. Eyring


Teaching in the Savior’s Way

"As disciples of Jesus Christ, we are taught to love and accept all of our Father's children. That includes those around us who have physical, emotional, or mental disabilities. Our goal is to fully extend the blessings of the gospel to everyone” (“Dealing with Disabilities,” Liahona, June 1993).


Help Children Feel the Spirit

"When we truly behold our little ones, we behold the glory, wonder, and majesty of God. … Regardless of physical limitations or the challenge of circumstance, their souls are endowed naturally with divine potential that is infinite and eternal" (M. Russell Ballard, “Great Shall Be the Peace of Thy Children,Ensign, Apr. 1994).

What can I do to help children with disabilities feel the Spirit and reach their divine potential?

Seeking the Spirit and Being Flexible


Love and Understand Those You Teach

Begin with a conversation with parents or caregivers about the child's strengths and challenges. Continue counseling together to learn what you can do to meet the child's individual needs.

How can I include and involve a child with disabilities in sharing time, music, class, and the sacrament meeting presentation?

  Children with Disabilities


Minister to Families

We can receive inspired guidance as we minister to children with special challenges by offering hope, understanding, and support to parents and caregivers, who often have great needs as well.

How can I offer support to children with disabilities and their families?

 

  Special Challenges


Teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ

Primary leaders have an important responsibility to teach the gospel of Jesus Christ to all children, including those with disabilities. Each child is precious to God. Each needs to feel love, respect, and support.

What can I do to help each child understand the gospel of Jesus Christ?


Teach Inclusion by Example

As we include and show compassion toward children with disabilities and special challenges, children will learn and teach others to follow the Savior's example to love everyone.

How can I help children include and involve children with disabilities?


Involve All Children in Primary Music

Using Primary music can be a wonderful way to include children with disabilities.

How can I use music to teach, include, and involve a child with disabilities? 

Songs


Additional Resources


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