Sunday, April 01, 2007

April National Autism Awareness Month

Aprils pirate....

Thanks for the image Benita!

April Rain Song
Langston Hughes

Let the rain kiss you

Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops

Let the rain sing you a lullaby

The rain makes still pools on the sidewalk

The rain makes running pools in the gutter

The rain plays a little sleep song on our roof at night

And I love the rain.

The Month of April is;

National Autism Awareness Month

Autism Society of America
7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 3oo
Bethesda, MD 20814-3067

Autism is a spectrum disorder, and although it is defined by a certain set of behaviors, children and adults with autism can exhibit any combination of these behaviors in any degree of severity. Two children, both with the same diagnosis, can act completely different from one another and have varying capabilities.

Every person with autism is an individual, and like all individuals, has a unique personality and combination of characteristics. Some individuals mildly affected may exhibit only slight delays in language and greater challenges with social interactions. They may have difficulty initiating and/or maintaining a conversation. Their communication is often described as talking at others instead of to them. (For example, monologue on a favorite subject that continues despite attempts by others to interject comments).

People with autism also process and respond to information in unique ways. In some cases, aggressive and/or self-injurious behavior may be present. Persons with autism may also exhibit some of the following traits:

  • Insistence on sameness; resistance to change
  • Difficulty in expressing needs, using gestures or pointing instead of words
  • Repeating words or phrases in place of normal, responsive language
  • Laughing (and/or crying) for no apparent reason showing distress for reasons not apparent to others
  • Preference to being alone; aloof manner
  • Tantrums
  • Difficulty in mixing with others
  • Not wanting to cuddle or be cuddled
  • Little or no eye contact
  • Unresponsive to normal teaching methods
  • Sustained odd play
  • Spinning objects
  • Obsessive attachment to objects
  • Apparent over-sensitivity or under-sensitivity to pain
  • No real fears of danger
  • Noticeable physical over-activity or extreme under-activity
  • Uneven gross/fine motor skills
  • Non responsive to verbal cues; acts as if deaf, although hearing tests in normal range.

Want to know more? Take a Free online course.

The online course will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. The course covers the following areas:

Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder
Treatment Options
Treatment Assistance
Transition to Adulthood
More Information and Resources

At the end of the course you will be able to download a certificate of completion. The certificate is in PDF format and you will need Adobe Reader to open and/or print it.

Come on out and join us in San Diego, CA on;
Saturday April 14, 2007

SDASA invites you to go All Out for Autism! Join us for a special evening of delicious food, creative cocktails and lively entertainment. Our 7th annual fundraiser is slated to be the best event yet. You’ll certainly get in the mood with Coronado Big Band’s 16-piece ensemble playing Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Glen Miller and more. Professional swing dancers will dazzle you with their moves, incredible door prizes, food by French Gourmet, all to benefit SDASA’s program, CAMP I CAN.

Have a safe and fun April Fools Day, everyone!


N Posted by Rain at 4/01/2007 08:46:00 AM


  • Anonymous laine posted at 11:49 AM  
    it's april? really?

    i thought about you last night... i went to the pirate show at the technomania circus. the circus in the barrio... google it. it was brilliant.

    hope you're having a great weekend!
  • Anonymous Rav`N posted at 7:51 PM  
    thats a beautiful poem about rain. btw, did you know that April is also National Poetry month is the US?
  • Blogger choochoo posted at 7:45 AM  
    It is? I didn't know that. You learn new things every day:)

    And cool pirate pic:)
  • Blogger Rain posted at 10:29 AM  
    Hi laine =) Yes, thank you I will check it out.

    Hey Rav'n, Langston Huges is one of my favorite poets. Thank you for reminding me that it is National Poetry Month. =D

    Choochoo~ I am glad you like the picture, I just wish I knew who the artist is. =0)
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