Posts Tagged ‘april autism month’

Tips for Making Odd Behaviors More Socially Acceptable

Author: Lisa “Luna” DeCurtis, M.A., CCC-SLP

Autistic people often exhibit quirky behavior that is not appropriate in a social setting, ruins clothing or toys, and hurts them.  Things like biting on a their collars or sleeves, picking at their skin, flapping their arms, making a high pitched scream, jumping up and down…sometimes these behaviors are in response to sensory stimuli, sometimes they are provoked by anxiety, sometimes they are a way to communicate, and sometimes they are just a bad habit.  Whatever the case may be, often the more we try to stop them, the more they persist or morph into something worse.  When dealing with quirky behaviors, rather than try to stop, try to REPLACE the behavior with something less destructive and more socially acceptable.

How to Approach a Child with Autism

Author: Lisa “Luna” DeCurtis, M.A., CCC-SLP

Friends, family, neighbors and even teachers often do not know how to approach a child with autism and make a connection without overwhelming the child.  Most people mean well, and of course, want to communicate and connect with the child, but struggle with the best way to approach a child with autism.  Here are some suggested do’s and don’ts when socializing with the autistic person in your life.

April 2, 2012 “Light It Up Blue” For Autism

Author: Lisa “Luna” DeCurtis, M.A., CCC-SLP

April is Autism Awareness Month, a time to come together, remember those affected, and raise money and awareness for this disorder that hurts so many.   Join Autism Speaks in celebrating World Autism Awareness Day on April 2 and Light It Up Blue to help shine a light on autism. Whether it’s your front porch or local city hall, an office party or a banquet, the whole world is going blue to increase awareness about autism.

April 2, 2012 “Light It Up Blue” with Filice Insurance

My name is Ron Filice and my company, Filice Insurance, along with my sister company, are giving our full support to Autism Awareness Month this April.  I have been personally affected by autism, my 12 year old nephew struggles with the disorder.  I continue to be amazed by both his struggles and his progress.  I know that there is a brilliant mind and soul behind every person struggling with autism, I know that the world will be a better place if their unique talents are able to contribute to society, and I know that with continued research, support, therapy and services we get better help for these special people, and ultimately, a cure.  Join us this April, and April 2nd for World Autism Day, a time to light it up blue in support and solidarity.

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