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Michael Woods

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I can answer all questions pertaining to: a. Starting a special needs ministry. b. Teaching either individuals or small groups of pupils within or outside the class; c. Preparing lessons and resources; d. Developing and adapting conventional teaching methods to meet the individual needs of pupils; e. Using special equipment and facilities, such as audiovisual materials and computers to stimulate interest in learning; f. Collaborating with the classroom teacher to define appropriate activities for the pupils in relation to the curriculum; g. Assessing children who have long or short-term learning difficulties and working with colleagues to identify individual pupils' special needs; h. Liaising closely with parents and/or guardians; i. Assisting in severely disabled pupils' personal care/medical needs; j. Recruiting and training volunteers k. Behaviour management.

Experience in the area

I've been working in the field of special needs ministry for over 10-years. I have provided consultation with communities of faith on how to create an appropriate classroom that meets the social, behavorial, sensory, and academic needs of children with special needs. Currently, I'm the Director of Special Needs at First Baptist Orlando, a 14,000 member church. We have 63 children and adults with special needs that we serve in our ministry and do everything from providing food and transportation to fellowship and religious education. Our special needs ministry is the teaching model for Florida Baptist churches.

Organizations

Association for People with Intellectual Disabilities International Behavior Analysis

Publications

Central Florida Lifestyle Magazine Horizons Magazine Lift Magazine A variety of special needs ministry blogs

Education/Credentials

I'm a Board Certified Associate Behavior Analyst, Certified Crisis Prevention Instruction, and Master Training Specialist in the field of special needs. M.A. from Trinity Seminary.

Awards and Honors

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Past/Present Clients

Salem-Ladue United Methodist Church Centerview Baptist Church Bear Creek Church Grace Church First Baptist Orlando

What do you like about this subject?

I think that it's important that children and adults with special needs have the opportunity to become a part of a community of faith if they choose.

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