About 1 in 44 children in the US have a diagnosis of autism, according to the CDC. It’s likely that your child has friends or classmates who are autistic, or maybe they have been diagnosed themself. With April being Autism Awareness month, this is an excellent time to focus on understanding and acceptance.
Try to think of this month as a jumping off point, not a singular event. This is a great way to continue supporting those with autism long after April is over. Whether learning more yourself, or you’re trying to help those around you have a better understanding of autism, there are many ways that you can help.
Remember to open up discussions with your children – ask them what they know about autism, how they learned about it and if they have any friends or classmates with this way of thinking and what they have learned from them. Discuss with your kids the ways that you can help spread acceptance and awareness as a family. Consider letting your child lead the way in finding an organization for you to contribute time or resources to as a family. However you are able to help, try to keep your momentum going long after April is over, and encourage your children to do the same.
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