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26 March 2021

World Autism Awareness Day – April 2nd 2021

World Autism Awareness month is April and April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day.  I thought it might be timely to talk about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) – what ASD is, how it is diagnosed and how to assist children with ASD.

I have included lots of information about ASD but firstly, I googled Famous People with Autism and this is what I found:

Famous Autistic People in History

  • Dan Aykroyd – Comedic Actor
  • Hans Christian Andersen – Children’s Author
  • Benjamin Banneker – African American almanac author, surveyor, naturalist, and farmer
  • Susan Boyle – Singer
  • Tim Burton – Movie Director
  • Lewis Carroll – Author of “Alice in Wonderland”
  • Henry Cavendish – Scientist
  • Charles Darwin – Naturalist, Geologist, and Biologist
  • Emily Dickinson – Poet
  • Paul Dirac – Physicist
  • Albert Einstein – Scientist & Mathematician
  • Bobby Fischer – Chess Grandmaster
  • Bill Gates – Co-founder of the Microsoft Corporation
  • Temple Grandin – Animal Scientist
  • Daryl Hannah – Actress & Environmental Activist
  • Thomas Jefferson – Early American Politician
  • Steve Jobs – Former CEO of Apple
  • James Joyce – Author of “Ulysses”
  • Alfred Kinsey – Sexologist & Biologist
  • Stanley Kubrick – Film Director
  • Barbara McClintock – Scientist and Cytogeneticist
  • Michelangelo – Sculptor, Painter, Architect, Poet
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Classical Composer
  • Sir Isaac Newton – Mathematician, Astronomer, & Physicist
  • Jerry Seinfeld – Comedian
  • Satoshi Tajiri – Creator of Nintendo’s Pokémon
  • Nikola Tesla – Inventor
  • Andy Warhol – Artist
  • Ludwig Wittgenstein – Philosopher
  • William Butler Yeats – Poet

What a list!!!

Next I retrieved some information from Kidsmatter that I have collected over the years:

Then I tried to find some practical tips for families:

The Better Health Channel is an Australian based site owned by Victorian government.  They have a wealth of resources for families, and the link to their ASD information is below:

Autism Tips for Parents

There are many Apps that are designed to assist children with Autism.  This Western Australian Autism site lists many of them and has a search tool if you want to find more.  They are under headings such as Fine Motor Skills, Games/Motivators, Literacy, Maths/Numeracy, Organisation and Independence, Social Skills, etc.

Many of them would be applicable to any child – not just those with ASD – have a look and see if you can find one your child might like!

Autism Apps

Autism Support

Amaze has a great website with lots of information, including where to get support.  There are some fantastic support groups that run in different communities, and the Amaze site has a list of support groups in Victoria:

AMAZE Support Groups

A Time of Celebrations

So many things to celebrate at this time of the year:

Pesach or Passover begins on 27th March this year.  This is a very significant event for Jewish people: Chag Samaeach!

Holi (Festival of Colours) is on 28th March.  This looks like such a fun festival, and celebrates good harvest and some key figures in Hindu mythology: Pyar ke rang se bharo pichkari!

 

 

Easter begins on Good Friday 2nd April.  This is a very significant an event on the Christian calendar: Happy Easter!

And finally…..

As the holidays are here I thought this might be a timely reminder:

 

Kerry Bates (Assistant Principal)

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