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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Value of Facebook For Autism Awareness

"Try to imagine a world where we don't talk about disabilities, but only abilities (pause for a moment). Now imagine our world now (again pause for a moment). Didn't that first world make you feel a lot better?"---Jerry Komar, Editor Autism News and Views

The Value of Facebook for Autism Awareness

Let me begin by explaining the purpose of this piece is not to promote Facebook. The purpose of this piece is promote autism awareness. Now that I have that out of the way, I do want to point out the value of Facebook in promoting autism awareness. In short, Facebook is a wonderful resource for current information on autism, for current news on autism as well as the current research. The value of Facebook for autism awareness is immeasurable. The amount of information is limitless. And that's a beautiful thing.

In keeping with the theme of this article, I'm going to share with you just a sampling of the gold mine of unique and varied information, news and resources on autism  I've found on Facebook in the last several weeks. I'm confident you will be as impressed as I was.

  • 7 Benefits of Yoga For Kids with Autism by Elizabeth Rowan http://www.mindbodygreen.com/ . Some of the benefits include developing motor skills, improving confidence and social skills, providing sensory integration, engaging the emotional brain and more.

  • Bring Talents of Children with Autism to the Stage. This article shows how acting on stage can bring out the many and varied talents of children with autism. http://www.newsshopper.co.uk/
  • 10 Things You Can Do To Help a Family Affected By Autism found in Psychology Today. Some of these include just being there, discussing autism, prognosis and more.
  • People With Aspergers Are Willing and Able To Work can be found at http://samedifference1.com/ . This piece includes some of the same issues covered on this blog several weeks ago including, but not limited to, the barriers to employment, how to overcome those barriers, developing employment skills and more.
  • US of Autism Film Submitted to TriBeCa Film Festival. If selected, the film will be shown at the festival between April 18-29, 2012.
  • Are Apps The Key To Revolutionizing Autism Learning? by the BBC News. Since devices like IPads have been growing in use by individuals with Autism, Apps are providing a way of learning and communicating that plays to the strengths of people with autism.
  • Bowling League Helps Autistic Children Socialize in Hear Our Voices http://blog.hear-our-voices.org/ . The article shows how bowling helps develop and refine social skills. In addition, they found the bowling league also helps parents.
  • Sleep and Autism: Creative Tips For A Successful Bedtime posted by The American Autism Society. Some tips include setting up Routines, Relaxation Techniques and more.

  • 12 Ways To Keep Your Marriage Strong And Sane When Autism Hits in Autism Daddy. Some of the tips include carving out date nights as often as humanly possible, get a better sense of humor, readjust your priorities and more great tips.
  • Automated Imaging Introduced To Greatly Speed Whole-Brain Mapping Efforts in Medical News Today.
  • Study Looks At Digestive Problems in Autistic Children by the National Autism Association. We know children with autism experience a wide variety of digestive problems from malabsorption issues to inflammatory bowel disease. This piece urges parents to look into gluten-free and casein-free diets.
These are but a sampling of the countless number of articles and information I found on Facebook in just a few short weeks. Take the time to navigate the pages. I promise you; you won't regret it.

4 Your Bookshelf
  • Carly's Voice: Breaking Through Autism by Arthur Fleischmann
  • Approaches To Autism by the National Autistic Society
  • Not Supid by Anna Kennedy
  • My Brother is Different by Sarah Tamsin Hunter
  • Survival Strategies for People on Autism Spectrum by Marc Fleisher

Conference News

6th Annual "All Ages And Abilities" Autism/Asperger's Conference put on by The Autism Conferences of America. To be held in Orange County, CA, from Feb. 22-24, 2012.  Contact 480.831-2047 for more information.

Autism Awareness Centre is putting on a conference for learning practical skills that can be immediately used in the classroom and at home. To be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, at the Marriot Vancouver Airport Hotel on Feb. 24 and 25, 2012. Contact 403.640.2710 for additional information.

ABA is putting will be hosting a conference on Science-Based and Communication Strategies in Autism at the Philadelphia Marriot in Philadelphia, PA, from Jan. 27-29, 2012. For more information contact 269.492.9310.

Permit me to remind all my readers again that Autism News and Views has a plethora of resources available for your review. Take a few moments to navigate this blog. You will find information for parents, teachers, students, clinicians and researchers. For example, if you are a student interested in learning about autism or doing research for a paper, you'll find everything you need on this blog.  If you're a parent looking for information and resources, you will find what you need here. If it's not here, you'll find more information re-directing you to more resources. We also list the many schools that serve students with autism. Grab your cup of coffee or tea or adult beverage and start navigating. It's all here.