Special Needs

Special Needs (Birth – 8th Grade)

Families of children with special needs often feel they have nowhere to turn for support.  At The Orchard, we recognize the importance of:

  • Parents attending and worshipping together in the Sunday morning service and adult electives.
  • Children with special needs being taught basic Bible stories and truths at their cognitive level of development.
  • Each child receiving an individual “Action Plan” with specific goals formed to meet the spiritual development stage of your child.

The Programs

Sunday mornings

This program is designed to integrate children with Special Needs into their age appropriate classrooms. Each child is paired with a one-to-one aide who can readily assist and facilitate your child’s learning/worship experience. An initial home visit, team meetings (2 times per year), training workshops, and supervision (by certified special educators) all help facilitate this process. This program allows your child a safe and effective learning experience while being integrated with children at their age level.

Special Needs Parent Network (SNaP’N)

Join us on the first Wednesday of every month for a time of sharing, prayer and laughter as we navigate the world of special needs together. Our wonderful screened and trained volunteer staff provides quality care for your entire family, while parents meet together for prayer, sharing, fellowship, games, and much more!

Our Goal

We believe that each child is a unique and special blessing from the Lord. Our goal is to develop a strong rapport with your child while effectively teaching them the basic truths of God’s Word.

For more information, contact Wendi Serna, Director of Children’s Ministries & Special Needs – Barrington Campus, at 847.852.2204.

Select a campus for more information: Arlington Heights | Barrington | Itasca
*Marengo Special Needs info to come