April Newsletter: Autism Awareness Month

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April is Autism Awareness Month! We sent an email to our subscribers last Monday with our monthly newsletter. Take a look below to see what’s included. If you’d like to subscribe to receive free monthly newsletters with exclusive content, click here!



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Ways to Celebrate Autism Awareness Month

Although many events have been cancelled, there are still plenty of ways to celebrate Autism Awareness Month at home! 

  1. Read books about Autism – Kids may not understand what having autism means. There are a lot of great children’s books that explain autism in kid-friendly ways! After reading them together, encourage your child to ask questions and talk about how important it is to show empathy to everyone.
  2. Make puzzle-themed crafts – Puzzle pieces are the symbol of autism. There are several puzzle piece crafts for Autism Awareness on Pinterest, such as wreaths, picture frames, garlands, and necklaces. There are also coloring pages for Autism Awareness Month
  3. Take the pledge! Now more than ever, we need to come together to support each other and remember our most vulnerable populations. Even though the global pandemic has greatly affected the Autism Society’s funding and restricted their ability to host events, you can still make a difference. Take the pledge to spread awareness, promote acceptance and ignite change!

Resources for Autism Awareness Month

This article provides great resources for Autism Awareness Month, check out a few of them below!

  1. School Community Toolkit: Autism Speaks created a comprehensive downloadable kit that contains educational materials about autism and how to support children in a school and community setting. 
  2. Julia is the newest Muppet on Sesame Street—and she has autism. Julia is the perfect way to teach young children about their peers who are on the spectrum. Sesame Street has also created wonderful resources and videos online about autism. Check out this powerful blog by a mom who has a son with autism—and why having a Muppet with autism on Sesame Street feels so important to her.
  3. Autism: See The Potential: This great video, created by Autism Ontario, is narrated by a young self-advocate with autism who shares about his experience—and also features his brother, who has autism and who has more intensive support needs. It’s upbeat and funny—but makes very important points about the social and language processing challenges that people with autism face.
  4. 9 Tips For Talking To A Parent With A Child Diagnosed With Autism: This blog, written by both an autism professional and parent, gives clear information about what words are most supportive.
  5. Perspective of An Autistic Self-Advocate: In this powerful blog, a local mom and writer with autism shares about her perspectives.
  6.  Autism Acceptance: The Crucial String: Writer and mom Liane Kupferberg Carter expresses the way that she came to understand and accept her son’s autism and her unique parenting journey. 
  7. Standing Families Who Have A Child With A Disability: Ideas for how everyone can support families raising a child with autism or other disabilities. 

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