The month of April has been recognized as Autism Awareness Month since the early 1970’s in the United States. This is a special opportunity to educate the public about autism. However, many have felt that Autism Acceptance Month would make for a better message (and we SLPs agree!). Below is a handout created by The Speech Bubble SLP (from teacherspayteahers.com) that briefly shares some facts about Autism.
“Think of it: a disability is usually defined in terms of what is missing. … But autism … is as much about what is abundant as what is missing.” -Paul Collins, Not Even Wrong: Adventures in Autism
Below is a list of books for children grades k-5 that focus on raising awareness not only about Autism but also everyone’s differences. For additional resources please visit AutismSpeaks and NeuroTribes .
K – 1st
Susan Laughs by Jeanne Willis
It’s Okay To Be Different by Todd Parr
Some Monsters are Different by David Milgrim
1st – 5th
The Autism Acceptance Book by Ellen Sobin
In My Mind: The World through the Eyes of Autism by Adonya Wong
Ian’s Walk by Laurie Lears and Albert Whitman