Friday April 26, will be the 2019 Autism Summit from 8:45am-3:00pm.  This conference is for anyone who supports a child with autism (parent, teacher, caregiver, etc.) . You can register for free at Autism Summit. 

The Summit will include a keynote speaker in the morning about building social skills from childhood to young adulthood. The afternoon sessions will include: Charting the LifeCourse, Your Social Future, Building Friendships and Social Inclusion, Social Media: Playing it Safe

The Autism Summit is organized by the Capper Foundation; Families Together, Inc.; and Kansas Youth Empowerment Academy (KYEA).

April 26 8:45am-3:00pm
Autism Summit 2019 – Team Empowerment Conference
Capper Foundation
3500 SW 10th Ave, Topeka, KS 66604

If you need daycare they have a $50 voucher that you can call about at (785) 233-4777.  You can also request any accomdations you need at that same number.

 

 

I’m sure you have seen “Awareness Month” for one reason or another from month to month.  I know April is almost over but I thought I’d share some facts and resources about this month’s observations including Autism Awareness and Parkinson’s Awareness.

Autism RibbonAutism Awareness Month
http://www.autism-society.org/get-involved/national-autism-awareness-month/

Autism short of Autism Spectrum Disorder is a development disability

1 out of 68 children have Autism

There is no one cause for Autism

Autism is treatable and early intervention is key

Some symptoms/signs include: delay in speech, avoiding eye contact, lack of peer relationships, and more

Puzzles pieces/puzzle piece ribbon has become the symbol for Autism to represent the complexity and different colors and shapes showing the diversity of families and people

 

Parkinson's DiseaseParkinson’s Awareness Month
http://www.parkinson.org/understanding-parkinsons/what-is-parkinsons

Parkinson’s Disease is a neurodegenative disorder that affects a portion of the brain

Symptoms usually progress slowly over years

No known cause, and no cure

Treatment includes surgery and medication

Parkinson’s itself is not fatal but complications from the disorder can be serious

A person with Parkinson’s made a symbol with a red tulip and the letters P and D in 2005

 

Autism awarenessSince April is National Autism Awareness Month I thought I would share some information about Autism.

What is Autism? “Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disability; signs typically appear during early childhood and affect a person’s ability to communicate, and interact with others. ASD is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum condition” that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause of autism, but increased awareness and early diagnosis and intervention and access to appropriate services/supports lead to significantly improved outcomes. Some of the behaviors associated with autism include delayed learning of language; difficulty making eye contact or holding a conversation; difficulty with executive functioning, which relates to reasoning and planning; narrow, intense interests; poor motor skills’ and sensory sensitivities. Again, a person on the spectrum might follow many of these behaviors or just a few, or many others besides. The diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder is applied based on analysis of all behaviors and their severity.” (This information is from www.autism-society.org.  Please visit their website for more information.)

Please visit this link for some very interesting facts and statistics regarding Autism. http://www.autism-society.org/what-is/facts-and-statistics