By: Rebecca Hintz
Wow! It is almost April. April is Autism Awareness month. Autism is a brain disorder that has varying degrees of affect on an individual's social skills, communication and behavior. There is a lot of research happening in the field, although, we find its roots in very early brain development. Each individual on the autism spectrum is unique. There is a lot to celebrate with uniqueness. At Lester Prairie Schools we have spent the school year learning different strategies to address social, communication and behavior difficulties. We have also embraced our uniqueness and gained friendships with each other while doing so. Help the community and school spread autism awareness by wearing blue on April 2nd for Light it Up Blue for Autism Awareness month.
At school this past month we have focused on our conversational skills. When people talk about autism and communication this can range from their ability to communicate using words to understanding subtle nuances in conversation. The groups have learned how to recognize when their conversational partner is showing signs of boredom. (We are talking too long about our topic if this happens.) They have enjoyed using technology such as the iPad and projector to help watch themselves and role play expected conversational skills. This is difficult learning that is re-training the brain. We are making progress!
Through continued lessons and acceptance of their true self we will continue to raise autism awareness. Not just in April, but, all year long. Remember, wear your blue April 2nd to show your support.