Friday 2 April 2010

World Autism Awareness Day

April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day

Let's talk about what autism is and how books can help.

Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a "spectrum disorder" that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause for autism, but increased awareness and funding can help families today.

Know the signs: Early Identification can Change Lives!
Autism is treatable. Children do not "outgrow" autism, but studies show that early diagnosis and intervention lead to significantly improved outcomes.
  • Lack of or delay in spoken language
  • Repetitive use of language and/or motor mannerisms (e.g., hand-flapping, twirling objects)
  • Little or no eye contact
  • Lack of interest in peer relationships
  • Lack of spontaneous or make-believe play
  • Persistent fixation on parts of objects
If you suspect a child or loved one with these symptoms, learn more here.

There is a lot you can do to Get Involved!

How can reading/books help Children with Autism?

There are also some books that are meant to help with socialization and language skills. Because many children have problems socializing, and often have communication problems (despite that fact that they might have an extensive vocabulary), these books can really help. There are books written and developed just for children with autism. These books for autistic children can help them understand their world a little better, and will also help them to understand others These books are also made for children who might have a sibling with autism, or if they have someone in their class with this condition. Understanding and knowledge go a long way towards helping these children adjust, and if siblings and classmates understand, they are less likely to pick on them and make them feel like they are different.

A list of books for parents of children with autism

A list of books for brothers/sisters of kids with autism

What are YOU doing to get involved today??


  1. I am wearing blue today to support Autism Awareness. Thanks for the info.

  2. Cool! Good stuff! Happy Easter weekend!


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