I am the teacher of 4th and 5th grade students full time. I also run my business, Something New LLC. Both of these entities lean on my being an educator. I have friends with children and have had (or currently teach) students with an autism diagnosis. More often than not, I hear from parents that want others to know, so that there are fewer misunderstandings while there child is in the care or presence of others.
Hope and understanding are pivotal in life.
What does this have to do with Something New? I would say awareness is key. Whether autism touches your life directly or not, hearing someone’s story offers new perspective and insight to the reality and needs of those we share time and space with. We are all unique and that makes our existence new to someone else.
1 in 68 children in the United States is diagnosed with autism (CDC). According to the Act Autism Speaks website autism refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. We have witnessed news and personal stories that prove knowledge of this condition is more important than not.
Let’s make it a point to be more aware of both our needs and those of others in order to build more bridges across humanity.
You can find a local or national Autism Speaks Walk by clicking on the link. provided. There are many other events planned for this month. Feel free to comment below and share your story or resources for other families.
Until next time,