Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Autism Awareness Day - Ideas for Intermediate Students

April 2nd-- Autism Awareness Day
Today at school, we lit it up blue for Autism!

Every Wednesday, our school will continue to wear blue to bring awareness to this pervasive disorder that affects so many of our students, family members and friends.


What is World Autism Awareness Day?
In 2007, the United Nations General Assembly declared April 2nd as World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) with the goal of bringing the world’s attention to autism, a pervasive disorder that affects tens of millions globally.

WAAD shines a bright light on autism as a growing global health concern.  WAAD activities help to increase and develop world knowledge of autism and impart information regarding the importance of early diagnosis and early intervention. Click HERE for info and activities.

Support continues throughout the month of April in much of the world as it is also considered Autism Awareness Month.


Our school had many activities planned throughout the day.... including a video for our grade 7&8 students. If you are looking for a movie that is eye-opening and inspiring, this is a good one.


My students really enjoyed it.... and so did I. It sparked some great conversation in my classroom.
Click HERE for more info on Temple's books, conferences and this movie.

Here are some other links and writing prompts to also use if you are interested:


Discussion Guide/Journal Questions:


These prompts refer to Temple's book, but still some great discussion questions or essay questions: http://sciencenetlinks.com/student-teacher-sheets/temple-grandin/


You could use this shirt template for the prayer table or display.
"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle" or "Different. Not Less."  http://sciencenetlinks.com/media/filer/2013/05/01/templegrandin_cowboy_shirt_template_2.pdf   

Other: http://sciencenetlinks.com/lessons/temple-grandin/


And something that stuck with me today....
We never know when we're truly making a difference.
Continue being the best teachers, parents and friends that you can be..... Everyday.
~Kaitlin~



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