April 2nd is a specific day dedicated to bringing awareness to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The entire month of April is also the time we are called to support those with ASD.
So, what is Autism??
As defined by the American Psychiatric Association, “ASD is a complex developmental condition involving persistent challenges with social communication, restricted interests, and repetitive behavior. While autism is considered a lifelong disorder, the degree of impairment in functioning because of these challenges varies between individuals with autism.”
During this month, we are called to support, celebrate and acknowledge those who live with ASD. There are so many ways you can bring awareness to ASD!
The color blue was chosen because it is associated with a calm feeling and acceptance in an otherwise loud and busy world for people on the spectrum.
Learn the History!
To understand ASD, it is so helpful to know how those with ASD think and communicate. Here are a few websites with helpful, accurate information on ASD:
Read About ASD
There are some incredible books on ASD, including books written by those who live with ASD.
- The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida
- Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism by Temple Grandin
- Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism by Dr. Barry M. Prizant
- An Early Start for Your Child with Autism by Sally J. Rogers
Start the conversation with your students! Define ASD as what it is and be honest and open about what it looks like. Here are some ideas to learn more on the topic and how you can help your students.
- 1001 Great Ideas for Teaching and Raising Children with Autism or Asperger’s by Ellen Notbohm
- Create an Infinity Loop Craft!
- Puzzle Piece Craft (symbol of ASD)
We hope this inspires you to learn more about ASD and spread your learning to others as well!
The A to Z Fam
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