April is “Autism Awareness Month”!
To show our support of those affected by Autism, we will be participating in a week long celebration of Spirit Days with our friends in the LASSO classes all next week, April 23rd through April 27th..
Monday – Blend Together Day – Tye-Dye Day
Tuesday – Together Everyone Accomplishes More – Sports Team Day
Wednesday – Be an Individual – Dress Nice (Chapel day)
Thursday – Hats Off to Autism – Hat Day
Friday – Help Make Dreams Come True – Pajama Day
For your convenience, we have provided some information on Autism below:
What is Autism? Autism is a complex, developmental disability that causes problems with social skills and communication. Autism can be mild or severe. It is different for every person.
Some Quick Facts About Autism:
- Studies indicate that 1 in 68 children will be diagnosed with Autism.
- Boys are 5 times more likely to be diagnosed than girls.
- There is no known, single cause of Autism.
- Autism impacts each person differently. Some people with Autism are nonverbal, while others are highly gifted in areas.
- There is no cure for Autism.
The Symbol for Autism Awareness is the Puzzle Piece: The puzzle piece represents the mystery and complexity of Autism. The different colors (red, yellow, and blue) represent the diversity of the families and people living with Autism.
Communication Tips: When interacting with someone with Autism remember…
- Just because they are not looking at you doesn’t mean they are not listening.
- Talk as equals, do not talk down to them.
- If you think a communication error has happened, clarify it, ask questions.
- Be patient.
Autism in Entertainment: There are many characters on popular shows today that demonstrate Autism traits and tendencies. Some examples are:
- Sheldon from ‘The Big Bang Theory’
- Brick from ‘The Middle’
- Julia from Sesame Street
Famous people with Autism:
- James Durbin: American Idol contestant.
- Dan Akroyd: Actor, best known for his role in Blues Brothers.
- Tim Burton: Director of films like: Batman Begins.