Mental Health Series Session 4

Mental Health: Conversation & Education

Session 4: Autism & Sensory Processing

This page is part of a larger series titled Mental Health: Conversations & Education.  To see the full list of topics, and to download the entire series as a PDF, visit the Mental Health Series page.



Topic: Autism Spectrum Disorder & Sensory Processing Differences


Video:  What it’s really like to have autism: TED Talk with Ethan Lisi (9:52)

Handouts / Q & A

From All Belong Center for Inclusive Education:


Talk about the opening video and contents of the handout(s). Have a mental health professional take a few general questions.


Discussion Time

Video: Dr. Steve Grcevich on welcoming persons to church who struggle with sensory processing differences (11:05)


Discussion Questions:

  1. In what ways can we make our entrances more sensory friendly? Our worship spaces? Our children’s and youth areas?
  2. How can we improve our marketing and promoting of our online church?
  3. What kinds of sensory free community outreach could we offer if we partnered with other churches?


Scripture:  Psalm 137:1-6


(Optional) Personal Story

If you have invited someone to share for 5 minutes, now is the time for that.


Thought to take with you: “Mental Health problems don’t define who you are.  They are something you experience.  You walk in the rain, and you feel the rain, but importantly, YOU ARE NOT THE RAIN.”  (Matt Haig)


Prayer:   Lord, thank-you that we can learn about persons who live with autism and sensory issues.  Help us to be quick to love and slow to judge.  Teach us ways that we can be in relationship with all people as well as keep all people in mind when we plan worship services and church activities. Continue to remind us that the greatest of all things is love.