Eileen Hunter

Author Credentials

Sister Eileen Hunter

Date of Award


Document Type

Research Paper

Superseded Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (Special Religious Education)

Colleges & School

Cardinal Stritch College

Degree Granted By

Cardinal Stritch College

First Advisor

Sister Sheila Haskett, O.S.F.

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Children with mental disabilities--Religious life; Religious education; Religious education of children;Verbal ability


A basic and most important factor in working with exceptional children is the existence of interpersonal communication, personality relating to personality. It is important that messages sent from the communicator are understood by the receiver; for example, a smile can be identified as friendliness. Self-expression is essential to normal development and is that which tells others the most about ourselves. With the mentally retarded, areas of self-expression and of speech do not come easily and speech handicaps seem to be quite common among this group of children and adults. The special religious educator must be willing to accept the challenge and work with the level of expression that the child is capable of. Processes that would be helpful would be the use of gestural, postural, and sensory responses. These processes can be presented and understood and will help the child to take part in the lesson and give him opportunities of expressing himself in the best way possible for him. The purpose of this study is to find the ways and methods that will help the non-verbal child and those low in verbal ability to express and experience the love and forgiveness of the Father in the Sacrament of Penance.


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