"Going to church" for many families now means that parents sit in the main service while their children are sent to "children's churches". Maybe it works well for some families. In fact, I have heard many parents say that they are "happy to get a break".
However, there is a whole population of children and families that have no place in the majority of churches today – families that have children with special needs.
You can search for the best churches in Long Island before actually visiting one. Autism itself affects as many as 1 in every 166 children in America today according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
So what does the church do for these children and their families who really need extra support? Unfortunately, many do nothing but ignore their families and children, while some even reject them.
Families with children with autism or other special needs are overwhelmed. Daily life is tiring. Leaving home is a trial. Going to church, unfortunately, is often out of the question.
How can we expect a child with autism to sit quietly at a church service? We can not. How can we expect an autistic child to be left in a large group of other children for a children's church?
We can not. As a parent of an autistic child, I have learned how to withstand the stress of daily caring for my child's needs, but seem to ask too many questions from the church