World Autism Awareness month is April and April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day. I thought it might be timely to talk about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) – what ASD is, how it is diagnosed and how to assist children with ASD.
I have included lots of information about ASD but firstly, I googled Famous People with Autism and this is what I found:
What a list!!!
Next I retrieved some information from Kidsmatter that I have collected over the years:
Then I tried to find some practical tips for families:
The Better Health Channel is an Australian based site owned by Victorian government. They have a wealth of resources for families, and the link to their ASD information is below:
There are many Apps that are designed to assist children with Autism. This Western Australian Autism site lists many of them and has a search tool if you want to find more. They are under headings such as Fine Motor Skills, Games/Motivators, Literacy, Maths/Numeracy, Organisation and Independence, Social Skills, etc.
Many of them would be applicable to any child – not just those with ASD – have a look and see if you can find one your child might like!
Amaze has a great website with lots of information, including where to get support. There are some fantastic support groups that run in different communities, and the Amaze site has a list of support groups in Victoria:
So many things to celebrate at this time of the year:
Pesach or Passover begins on 27th March this year. This is a very significant event for Jewish people: Chag Samaeach!
Holi (Festival of Colours) is on 28th March. This looks like such a fun festival, and celebrates good harvest and some key figures in Hindu mythology: Pyar ke rang se bharo pichkari!
Easter begins on Good Friday 2nd April. This is a very significant an event on the Christian calendar: Happy Easter!
As the holidays are here I thought this might be a timely reminder:
Kerry Bates (Assistant Principal)