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April is National Autism Awareness Month!

Last month was the 2018 National Autism Awareness Month! Just because it is now May does not mean we cannot continue to learn about autism.  As we commemorate Autism Awareness Month, let us embrace the Autism Society’s challenge to go beyond autism awareness and learn to accept and appreciate individuals with autism.

One way to increase acceptance is by fostering autism friendly spaces. According to the organization Autism Friendly Spaces Unlocking Minds and Spaces - A space is autism friendly when it accommodates and supports the sensory, communication, and social/emotional needs of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Being autism friendly is different from being sensory friendly.  While individuals with autism benefit from adjustments to sensory (noise, smells, and visual) stimuli, being autism friendly also requires making adjustments that support challenges with language, social skills, and repetitive/rigid behaviors. Making something autism friendly also requires the introduction of visual supports to make the environment more predictable and address challenges with transitions, as well as tools to address difficulties with social interaction and perspective taking.  

University of Illinois Extension offers an Autism and Friendship workshop to promote inclusiveness among youth.  To request the workshop, please contact Sonia Lopez at slopez2@illinois.edu or 708-449-4329.

To learn more about autism and autism friendly spaces please refer to the following links. 

 

Sources:

http://www.autism-society.org/get-involved/national-autism-awareness-month/

https://autismfriendlyspaces.org/index.php/ottie-s-world

 

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    Everyone, including children experience feelings of stress and worry at times. Anxious to Awesome™ is a six-week course for children 8-12 years old who can relate to feelings of nervousness and anxiety. Students will practice fun and engaging tools including yoga poses, games, drawing/art as well as easy breathing and relaxation techniques.

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    Do you work with students in grades 5-8? Would you like to help them understand concepts related to adolescent development? University of Illinois Extension invites you to become an Off to a Good Start (OTAGS) facilitator!

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    Take Charge of Your Health is a chronic disease self-management program for people with chronic diseases(asthma, arthritis, high blood pressure, etc.) and their caregivers. This free educational program is a proven series of six sessions discussing: • Coping with fatigue, frustration, and isolation related to ongoing health conditions • Exercising to maintain and improve strength and flexibility • Using medications • Communicating with family, friends and health professionals • Practicing good nutrition • Evaluating new treatment options

  • Trauma Informed Care for Teachers PDF
    The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s historic study on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) revealed the powerful connection between childhood trauma and various physical, mental, emotional, and social challenges for children and adults. The series of four classes is designed to introduce teachers to the ways trauma affects the brain, stress the importance of self-care in preventing burnout among teachers, and provide teachers with tools they can utilize in building a compassionate classroom.

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