April is Autism Awareness Month. This month is all about increasing awareness, promoting acceptance, and learning ways to support individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families.
According to the CDC, ASD affects an estimated 1 in 54 American children. Signs and symptoms vary widely, though people with ASD often need support with social, emotional, and communication skills, and may have different ways of learning. Some individuals with ASD learn how to meet their specific needs and thrive on their own, while others may need help from family, friends, and medical professionals to manage activities in daily life.
Here at Time Timer, we are excited to feature guest blog posts from parents, educators, and experts throughout the month to offer their knowledge and experiences surrounding ASD. We are committed to increasing awareness about ASD and we look forward to hearing from our guest bloggers as they promote understanding and share how to support family, friends, and community members. In a year in which so much has changed for all of us, it is more important than ever to look around and find ways to support the many caregivers in our community.
If you would like to learn more about ASD, we’ve compiled some resources below to get you started:
- Learn more about What is Autism from the Autism Society.
- Find free resources to support families, educators, and clinical professionals at the Organization for Autism Research.
- Explore resources and information on community-based solutions for individuals with Autism and their families at the Autism NOW Center, an initiative of The Arc.
- Read ‘Stories from the Spectrum’ and find trusted and reliable information from The Autism Society.
- Check out the Time Timer blog! You might be interested in our posts on sensory essentials to support children with ASD, the evidence-based approach to visual schedules, and how to create independent work stations to add structure and promote independence day-to-day.
Stay tuned throughout April for guest posts on the blog, and please share your experiences with ASD on our social channels.