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Autism Awareness: I have included a few resources for parents and teachers on Autism Awareness below:
The suggestions and activities on this site may prove helpful to young children and young adults on the autism spectrum.
Please let me know if any content here has been effective. Thank you.

Autism Awareness Pres.

UCLA Peers

Son-Rise Program Information

COVID-19 Impact on Autism
This is a Google Slides presentation that I have made with students and teachers that you may find informative, or would be informative to others you know. It is written at a level that elementary level students can understand, and gives straightfoward information to those who are new to Autism that they can begin to understand and use.

This is a socialization program for adolescents and young adults on the Autism Spectrum, as well as for young people with some other developmental disabilities. This program helps young people navigate social challenges like making and keeping friends, carrying on productive, meaningful conversations, understanding social media, dealing with bullying, and more.

This program, named the "Son-Rise" Program was designed by the parents of Raun Kauffman, a child who developed Autism. Together with therapists, his parents used a dedicated approach that began by addressing social interaction issues. With the tremendous success they and their son achieved, this approach now serves families around the world who have children diagnosed with Autism.

Having a routine is fundamental for all children and for those with autism, it's even more important. Due to the pandemic, many kids are unable to have regular contact with classroom aids or attend their weekly classes and activities. Changes can be difficult for kids with autism and It's extremely important for them to feel safe during these unprecedented times. Maintaining some kind of schedule and having a sensory or activity room can help. Included in this guide: Talking to your Child about COVID, Maintaining a Routine, How to Create a Sensory Room, and more...

Autism Breakthrough

Autism Speaks

Greenspan's Floortime

Today's Homeowner
This is a well-written book, by Raun Kauffman, the 'son' of the "Son-Rise" program, that clearly explains the challenges faced by children and their families with Autism. It also explains what approaches are most effective in dealing with these challenges. It is, by far, the easiest book I have found to understand, with strategies parents can immediately implement.

Autism Speaks is the world's leading Autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for Autism; increasing awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. We are proud of what we've been able to accomplish and look forward to continued successes in the years ahead.

As a theoretician, diagnostician, and clinician, Dr. Stanley Greenspan redefined the understanding of child development. That is, how infants, young children and adolescents feel and think, guiding parents, professionals and researchers. Dr. Greenspan is among the world's foremost authority on clinical work with infants and young children with developmental and emotional problems. His ideas continue to improve the lives of children for generations to come.

Research suggests that minor changes to sensory inputs in the home can reinforce positive behaviors and create a safe oasis for people with autism. However, no two autism diagnoses are the same and each person has different sensitivities and symptoms, which is why designing an autism-friendly home can be challenging. This guide may be helpful to parents to improve their child's growth and development at home.

Centers for Disease Control

Autism Society FaceBook

CDC works to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same. CDC increases the health security of our nation. As the nation's health protection agency, CDC saves lives and protects people from health threats. To accomplish our mission, CDC conducts critical science and provides health information that protects our nation against expensive and dangerous health threats, and responds when these arise.
The Autism Society, the nation's leading grassroots autism organization, exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism. We do this by increasing public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the spectrum, advocating for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy.

The mission of the UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment is to continue to play a leading role, both nationally and internationally, in efforts to develop an improved understanding of the biological basis of autism, so as to improve diagnosis and to develop and disseminate new, more effective treatments for autism spectrum disorders across the lifespan. We hope to achieve these goals by fostering a strong collaborative environment for basic and applied research, as well as a challenging, but supportive environment for trainees.