So, since I believe in God I've almost always gone to church. When I had my son I just assumed I would take him to church too (this was long before his autism was either diagnosed or apparent), and when he was an infant I did. But, now that he's old enough that he's expected to sit quietly and respond appropriately this is more of a problem. Sometimes I'll take him out of the room and let him get the noise out and then go back in. And, he has learned to ask to use the restroom as a coping skill instead of just saying he needs a break to get out of the room and move around a bit. He wants to go to church and is the one initiating it, so it's not like I'm forcing or imposing it. I've tried bringing paper and pens, or other small items to keep him occupied. Having to sit still and be quiet actually makes it harder for him to sit still and be quiet. And, of course, he needs my near constant input and attention (just estimating this is about 5-10 times his normal demand for attention). He really is a good kid, and feels good that he gets to go to church.
So, how does your child's autism affect your experience of / connection to religious community? I am very disconnected from mine since the effort it takes to let him make it through the service is so draining, little is left for any kind of connection.
I have found the people in the church to be kind and understanding.
I'm just wondering if others have any advice or would like to share their own experiences.
God bless you and keep you!