April is National Autism Awareness Month!

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From the SHUSD “Special Edition”:

We encourage you as individuals, classes, and schools to participate in Autism Awareness Month. Here is a list of activities you can do to raise awareness and acceptance of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders:

1. Watch a video to educate yourself on Autism such as:


2. Post facts about autism on large puzzle pieces around the school or talk about them in the morning announcements:


· 1 in 68 kids have autism

More boys than girls are born with autism

· Autism is a disability that makes it hard to talk to other kids

· Having autism makes it hard to know how to socialize with other kids

Something like lights and noises bother some kids with autism more than they might bother you

· Everyone is different, being different is not a bad thing, we are all different

· Kids with autism look just like you and I do

· Kids with autism like to have friends they just don’t know how to make them

· Kids with autism have feelings just like you and I do

3. Read a book about autism:

· Of Mice ana spot of bother by mark haddond Aliens by Kathy Hoopman

· Buster and the Amazing Daisy by Nancy Ogaz

· Lisa and the Lace Maker by Kathy Hoopman

· Wishing on the Midnight Star by Nancy Ogaz

· Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night by Mark Haddon

· A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon Clay by Colby Rodowsky

· Haze by Kathy Hoopman To OZ and Back: A Bones and Duchess Mystery by Alexandra Eden

· A Wizard Alone: The Sixth Book in the Young Wizards Series by Diane Duane

. Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco Stork

. Rules by Cynthia Lord

4. Join a Sweetwater team for the NFAR Race For Autism http://raceforautism.org

This is a fundraiser walk/run on March 24th. The funds support grants for educators to support students with autism. Currently Dave Kerr and Daniel Smirniotis are having a competition to see who can raise the most money.

5. Hold a poster or door decorating completion to increase awareness about autism.

6. Research about famous people with autism.

7. Have a sensory sensitive day at school with no bells or florescent lights

8. Join Sweetwater Autism Team At BJ’s on April 10th for a fundraiser to Support students with autism in SUHSD


Big pictureLorna McMurray

Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA)

Mod-Severe Program