Here at Answers VBS we encourage churches to easily include children of all abilities in their VBS program. To assist with that, we provide a Special Needs Supplement for our curriculum to go along with our teaching guides. Because every child is made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27), they should be welcomed to and included in VBS. They need to learn more about God’s Word so they can hear the gospel and grow in their relationship with Christ.
However, due to sensory processing issues, some children can’t handle the overload that VBS brings to their senses. That’s why some churches host a special sensory-friendly VBS specifically for these children. With this type of program, decorations may be kept to a minimum, music is scaled down, time frames are adjusted, and movement between areas is reduced. With their church, Answers VBS leaders Carol and Candy ran a sensory-friendly VBS last summer just for those with sensory issues and disabilities. Due to the lack of resources for adults with disabilities, they chose to include both adults and children in their program.
Here are some of Carol and Candy’s tips for how to run a sensory-friendly VBS that is safe for all people with special needs:
Carol and Candy discuss their sensory-friendly program in this video with Stacia McKeever, the project manager of our VBS:
If you are considering running a sensory-friendly VBS, be sure to order and read through the Special Needs Supplement available as an additional purchase with Answers VBS.