This week is the beginning of Autism Awareness Month. Autism Awareness Month has been celebrated for nearly 50 years. Many people ask the question “Why do we celebrate Autism Awareness Month?” Autism Awareness Month allows the community to spread awareness about what Autism is and what unique characteristics it has to offer.
This year Autism Awareness Month is especially important. One thing that children with Autism rely on is having a structured schedule to reduce anxieties. With COVID-19 causing school closures around the world, many children's schedules are disrupted. This is a challenging time for parents everywhere. Parents are trying to work from home, be parents, and now teach their children at home as well. During this time the best thing we can do is support each other.
Families with children that require extra help at school especially need our support right now. What can you do to help?
Reach Out --- Reach out to a loved one or friend who may need a little extra support at this time. A simple text or phone call to let someone know you are there for them can go a long way!
Share What You Know --- Spread awareness about Autism, the more people know, the more they can help.
- Offer a No Contact Delivery --- Most people have a lot on their plate already, but if you can spare the extra time or resources to pick up and deliver groceries or order them a pizza to be delivered, that little bit could possibly really help a family out.
These are just three small ways you could help a family right now. This is a difficult time for everyone so the best way to get through it is if we join together and support one another!
Time Timer just launched its first Facebook group full of resources for at-home learning. There are activities and resources for any child no matter the age or cognitive ability.
Take a look and join at this link HERE!
Want to help in a bigger way? Here are a few charities you can connect with for more information and resources.
- Friendship Circle International
- Federation for Children with Special Needs
- Best Buddies
- Parents Helping Parents
Reach out to the ones you love during this time and stay healthy and safe!