CMX 2011 Special Needs Track 7/7/11
I’m busy this week planning for the July 7th Children’s Ministry Expo. I am so excited about this upcoming gathering for several reasons:
#1 The lineup of special needs/children’s ministry experts is incredible
Meaghan Wall, Special Needs Coordinator for Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, TX
Kristy Moser, Pastor of Early Childhood with Crosstown Children’s Ministry at Montgomery Community Church in Cincinnati, OH.
Jolene Philo, respected speaker, writer, and author of the popular book, A Different Dream for my Child.
Dr. Alyssa Barnes, assistant professor at North Georgia College & State University and expert in inclusion, education law and education policy.
#2 The breakouts are focused on helping churches get started or grow their inclusion efforts.
Getting Started – Special Needs Ministry Checklist
Ministering to the Family Through the Diagnosis
Teaching Techniques & Behavior Management Strategies
Including the Child with Autism
Volunteer Best Practices
Q&A Panel – Your questions Answered
Several of these sessions will be facilitated interviews and interactive, where our team will share what they’ve learned through their research or ministry experience. The goal is for every participant to leave with concrete and practical ideas they can immediately implement in their respective children’s ministry environments.
#3 The cost is only $25.
That’s right. $25. 6 breakouts. 5 speakers. One day.
Our team of speakers are all coming at our own expense because we are passionate about helping churches. Come meet this inspiring group of special needs cheerleaders!
#4 The exhibitors have as much to offer as the presenters.
In particular, I’m really excited about the TFH USA (www.specialneedstoys.com) booth. They will be doing a demo of their Vecta mobile station that transforms any environment into a multi-sensory environment.
For lodging, the Children’s Ministry Expo has a $99 rate at the Hyatt Regency Downtown (get a roommate to cut the cost!). The hotel is attached to the convention center and offers a free shuttle to and from the airport. This is the best bang-for-your-buck opportunity to connect with other special needs ministry leaders and learn! No, we will not be taping the breakouts…sorry! Gotta be there in person!
Checkout the CMX 2011 website for more details on the other incredible children’s ministry speakers, participants, and exhibitors.