April is Autism Awareness Month:
Learn and Spread the Word
As a teacher of eight years, I was introduced to the world of Autism from working in the classroom. I did not have specific training in helping students with Autism, as I got my Masters in Middle School Education. Through inclusion in the classroom, more and more students with different needs are integrated into classrooms, and teachers are becoming more aware and learning how to best meet all students’ needs.
I had a 4th grade student with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS). Before teaching this student, I had no knowledge of this syndrome or what I needed to do to best help this student. It was an educational year for both the student and me. I learned so much about strategies in dealing with a child on the Autism spectrum and how best to support his learning. He is now all grown up and quite successful. He is super smart, and I loved all that he taught me that year.
Special needs children are close to my heart as my niece has Down Syndrome. She surprises me daily with her amazing progress and funny personality. I know there will be some challenges in front of her in life, but she is a strong and smart girl who is learning to overcome any obstacles that may be in her way.
As April is Autism Awareness month, it reminds me of two great books that I read and would love to share. One is an adult fiction book, but the author researched Autism while writing the book, and the other is a Award Winning Young Adult book. Both books are told from the perspective of a child with Autism. They show the reader how it really feels to have Autism through discussing reactions through all the human senses.
House Rules, by Jodi Picoult was a very interesting story that showed how someone with AS might might feel and react in different situations. I wish I had read this book and other factual books about Autism before I had the student with AS in my class. It would have helped me to understand him better and his needs better. Click HERE to read more about this great book on Amazon.
Anything But Typical, by Nora Raleigh Baskin is the Young Adult book that I loved. From the very first page the author is describing how it feels for someone with Autism. I think knowing this is important for kids that don’t have Autism, and I love that there is a book geared towards 4th-7th graders to bring about awareness at an early age. If you want to read more about the book, just click HERE to view it on Amazon.
(Pic from Amazon)
Another great resource is Autism United. This site offers information about Autism, events going on, links to other resources, and even links to a shop that has wonderful things to purchase that can assist kids with Autism. From shoes to glasses, TOMS has great products for kids. Click on TOMS Coupon Code to get a coupon code to purchase items in the online store.
Also, make sure to “LIKE” Autism United on Facebook! Click HERE to get to their page! Leave them a message and tell them Mama Luvs Books sent you! Let’s all spread the awareness now and also spread the word that April is Autism Awareness Month! In fact April 2nd is World Autism Day!
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(Pic from Autism United)
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