Monday, April 28, 2014

We Light It Up Blue for Addy!

April 2nd was World Autism Awareness Day.
We all wore blue to celebrate the day!
The kids wore their team shirts from last year's autism walk.

 & I wore my Autism Speaks shirt

& got my nails painted with the Light It Up Blue logo!

And look, the kids made the school newsletter! How awesome is that!

Not only is April 2nd World Autism Awareness Day, but the whole month of April is Autism Awareness Month.

So for the month of April, we have had our door hanger up & 

our signs in our yard

& have been lighting our porch up blue!

 And Nick & I ran (and dominated, but that's a different story...) a 5K that supports the Shorkey Center in Beaumont, which is a therapy & education center for children with special needs.

I'll end this post with some signs of autism...
1. May avoid eye contact
2. May echo words or phrases (echolalia)
3. May prefer to be alone
4. May spin objects or self
5. May have an insistence on sameness
6. May exhibit inappropriate laughing or giggling
7. May have difficulty in expressing needs
8. May have a delay in speech
9. May have no real fear of danger
9. May have a high pain threshold
10. May not want to be touched

Notice that these all start with "May." The reason for that is that every child with autism is different. Not every person with autism will have every one of these signs. But, if your child has more than a few of these signs, I urge you to talk to your doctor. Early intervention is the KEY! 

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