Children with autism are known for making noise in church. Sometimes they say what some adults want to say. One Sunday, our son said with a fairly loud voice during the service, “Just kill me now!” In case you are wondering, I wasn’t preaching at the time.
You need to realize that parents are very aware of the noise their children make and it is always easier to just stay at home rather than to risk uncomfortable situations. How people in the church react will determine if those parents will ever return to the church.
Here are five things to do when a child with autism makes noise in church.
1. Do not allow yourself to give the parents a dirty look. They know their child made the noise. Your dirty look will not help the situation and will likely make it worse.
2. If you do look at the parents during the noise, look at them with a smiling and caring face.
3. Say a prayer for the family. Not a prayer for the child to shut up but a prayer for calmness and peace for both the parents and the child.
4. Give thanks to God that a family with autism has been willing to come to your church.
5. Make a note to talk to the parents after church and tell them that you are glad they are a part of your church family.