Dr. Lawrence Sutton, director of pre-theologian formation at Saint Vincent Seminary, has a new book released in spring 2020 by Loyola Press, Teaching Students with Autism in a Catholic Setting.
The new book is a comprehensive guide to help equip those working in a Catholic setting with the tools, knowledge, and strategies they need to better understand and effectively respond to children with autism.
Dr. Sutton is an ordained deacon and a psychologist specializing in developmental disabilities, especially autism spectrum disorders. He is the former manager of the Western Region Office of the Pennsylvania Bureau of Autism Services and is nationally recognized for developing his own methodology for providing religious education to children with special needs.
The guide, he said, will help people working with children with autism to use best practices to manage behavior to enhance their educational experience; gain insight into how to reduce some of the challenges that these children face; and identify and cultivate the gifts and strengths these children possess to prepare them for the future. Grounded in the Catholic principle that every person has dignity and possesses gifts to be shared with the greater community, Teaching Students with Autism in a Catholic Setting will help educators become agents of God’s grace in improving the lives of children with autism, Dr. Sutton notes.
In addition to its Illumination Book Award in Education, Teaching Students with Autism in a Catholic Setting received an honorable mention in the Catholic Press Association 2021 Book Awards, in the pastoral ministry, catechetical category.