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Posts Tagged ‘Autism Speaks’

Autism Videos for Kids, Teens and Parents: You Tube’s Top 10

Friday, August 5th, 2011

 

 

You Tube has an assortment of great video clips that raise social awareness about autism, in addition to helping you and your family cope with common issues experienced by children who have autism.

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Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD’s) suffer from a developmental disability that hinders their communication skills.  They have difficulty expressing their feelings, asking for help, and understanding the basic rules of social conduct, such as waiting in line, good sportsmanship, and making friends.

Lonely on the school playground

School can be a lonely place for a child with Asperger’s syndrome, as many autistic children who are “mainstreamed” into the  public school system face social situations they can’t manage on their own.  They are often bullied, misunderstood by teachers and classmates, or worse, left alone.

Autism, B12 and Your Child

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Autism Advocate Groups Help Out

Thankfully, many organizations that raise autism awareness have produced loads of books, pamphlets, videos, websites, and worldwide awareness campaigns, all aimed at making the world a better place for you and your child with autism. Temple Grandin, one of the most world-renowned experts on autism, has published many accounts of her own experiences as an autistic adult.

Explaining Autism to your Kids

Authors like Peter H. Reynolds, through Fable Vision, have published various sentimental, yet eye opening, children’s cartoons that effectively portray the plight of autistic children in the public school system.  Some informative books about raising autistic children include 10 Things Every Child With Autism Wishes You Knew and All Cats Have Asperger’s.

(For a complete list of books about autism, see Top 10 Children’s Books Which Raise Autism Awareness.)

Below is a list of the 10 best You Tube video clips for children with autism and their parents:


Autism Videos For Kids and Teens

LINK- I’m Here

The following video, based on a short story by  Peter H. Reynolds, depicts the loneliness that children with autism on the spectrum often experience.  Produced by Fable Vision for the SARRC (Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center), this touching story illustrates the change that takes place when one caring person reaches out to help another.

LINK- The Bully Movie

This sad, inspiring film on school bullying was produced by a 7th grade student.  It shines a light on the epidemic of children who suffer at the hands of school bullies, and the value of standing up to one’s aggressors.

LINK- What is Asperger Syndrome?

In this PBS episode of Arthur, a child with Asperger’s syndrome raises some questions among Arthur and his friends and family.

LINK- I am a High-Functioning Autistic Individual

This is a good video to share with a teen with autism.  In this clip, Genevieve talks about being diagnosed with autism at the age of 13,and the various ways she copes.

LINK- Autism: The Musical, Part 1

In this HBO production, five talented children with autism spectrum disorder put on a musical performance.

Autism Videos For Parents and Educators

LINK- Animal School

This powerful clip by Raising Small Souls teaches parents and educators about the many different learning styles inherent in all children, and the problems many children in school face when their particular talents are not addressed.  This moving film should be shared with all teachers and administrators of all children, regardless of whether or not they suffer from autism.

LINK- 10 Things Every Child With Autism Wishes You Knew

This is a musical video montage that is based on the popular book  on children with autism of the same title.

LINKAsperger’s Cats

Also based on a popular book title that deals with autism, this clever video clip describes autistic child behavior using cats as its models.

LINK- What is Autism?

By One True Media, this video montage gives interesting statistical facts regarding children with autism.

LINK- Temple Grandin: Reinventing Autism

This short clip from Temple Grandin’s 90-minute documentary, Reinventing Autism,  proves that she is one of the best role models for autistic individuals.  The subject of an HBO movie, Temple Grandin is an example of how people with autism can take their “disability” and turn it into an “ability” to succeed.

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Support for Parents of Autistic Children

Monday, April 11th, 2011

April is National Autism Awareness Month.  Most of us know somebody who has been “touched” by autism, either a mom mainstreaming her child, diagnosed with Autism-Spectrum Disorder, into the public school system, a neighbor who teaches special ed classes for kids with autism, or perhaps a nephew with Asperger’s Syndrome.

Celebrities for Autism Awareness Month

Below is a list of various organizations which provide services, support and advice to parents of autistic children.

Autism Society

The Autism Society has been celebrating April as National Autism Awareness Month since the 1970s; their goal is to better educate the public about autism and the people it affects. The Autism Society site has many links to help you get actively involved in the community and support the rights of children with autism.

Autism-PDD

Find state-specific resources to help you find the appropriate educational services and community support available to you and your autistic child.  The Autism PDD site also includes disability resources, legal resources and financial resources.

Autism Research Institute

The Autism Research Institute offers information to families, educators and health providers about all the most recent scientific advancements regarding autism and innovative treatments and learning programs.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The CDC site provides complete data about all the various types of autism, treatments and diagnoses;free literature, articles and kits can be accessed from their site.

Kids Health

Kids Health is a kids’ landing base for all things related to children with autism, and it’s organized in a straight-forward yet bright format with lots of kid appeal. Tweens and young adults can easily navigate this site to find out everything they might have been wondering about autism.

Daily Strength

The Daily Strength is an online forum for parents or educators of kids with autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder; their site also has links to related health blogs, expert advice and ongoing discussions.

Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks is a non-profit organization which funds autism research and raises public awareness about autism, in the interest of finding better treatments and a cure.

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Also read:

This Autism Awareness Month, Embrace a Special Person

10 Great iPad Apps for Autistic Children

Autism, B12 and Your Child

Celebrities for Autism Awareness Month

Friday, April 8th, 2011

This Autism Awareness Month, celebrities all over Hollywood are doing their part to help fund research for autism; for many celebrities, autism is a personal battle, as some of their own children have been diagnosed with symptoms of autism.

Here is a list of celebrities who have been touched by autism:

Celebrities reaching out to spread autism awareness

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Kate Winslet authored a collection of celebrity self-portrait photos by Ben Stiller, Jude Law, Christina AguileraMeryl Streep and many others.  Proceeds from The Golden Hat will go to Winslet’s charity for autism research organization, The Golden Hat Foundation.

CELEBRITIES FOR AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH, WWW.B12PATCH.COMThe Lindt Gold Bunny Celebrity Auction on eBay gave people a chance to bid on a signature porcelain gold bunny signed by one of many celebrities. 100% of proceedings went to Autism Speaks, a non-profit organization which funds research, prevention and awareness efforts for children with autism. Celebrities who contributed include Jennifer Garner, Orlando Bloom, Celine Dion, Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon and many others.

Celebrities who have autistic children

Actress and Playboy model Jenny McCarthy‘s son Evan was diagnosed with autism; McCarthy is an outspoken activist against vaccines, believing that vaccines are responsible for giving her son autism.CELEBRITIES FOR AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH, WWW.B12PATCH.COM

R&B singer Toni Braxton‘s son Diesel was diagnosed with autism; Ms. Braxton is now an advocate for parents of children with autism.

Sylvester Stallone’s son Seargeoh was diagnosed with autism after his father noticed that he was having speech delays. Stallone organised the National Society for Children and Adults with Autism, a foundation for research on autism.

actress Holly Robinson Peete’s son RJ (Rodney Jackson) was diagnosed with autism; she and husband NFL quarterback Rodney Peete have set up HollyRod, a non-profit organization which helps parents of autistic children.

Celebrities who have been diagnosed with autism

Millionaire Bill Gates was diagnosed with Asperger’s as a child; many sufferers of Asperger’s experience social awkwardness but find comfort in focused hobbies such as math and computer science.

CELEBRITIES FOR AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH, WWW.B12PATCH.COMActor Dan Aykroyd, famous for Ghostbusters and his Saturday Night Live skits was diagnosed with Tourette and Asperger’s syndrome. He has spoken openly about the struggles he faced as a child because of his neurological impairments.

Actress Darryl Hannah, best known for her shy, yet demure demeanor in films such as Splash and Blade Runner, was diagnosed as borderline autistic as a small child.

Albert Einstein, renowned genius and world-famous winner of the Nobel Prize in physics, would undoubtedly been diagnosed as a sufferer of Asperger’s had he been born today.

Also read:

This Autism Awareness Month, Embrace a Special Person

10 Great iPad Apps for Autistic Children

Sources:

Bright Hub, Celebrities with Diseases, Associated Content, Autism Speaks, The Golden Hat Foundation, The Lindt Gold Bunny Celebrity Auction

This Autism Awareness Month, Embrace a Special Person

Friday, April 1st, 2011

April 1, 2011- Director Todd Drezner, in an interview published in today’s  Huffington Post, suggests that for this month of April, Autism Awareness month, we do more than just call attention to autism- that we embrace autism for all its worth.

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It’s fair to say that we are all “aware” (a term used all too offhandedly these days) of autism, and most of us know at least a few people who have autistic children or know a functioning autistic adult.  And in case you haven’t noticed, having a child with autism is not the tragedy that anti-vaccination and pro-eugenics activists make it out to be.  Many autistic children amiable, receive plenty of love and attention from their parents, and do reasonably well in school. Not that they have it easy- but neither do all non-autistic children. And there are plenty of functioning autistic individuals who lead happy, meaningful lives.

Take, for example, 12-year-old  Jacob Barnett, diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, who made news recently when he developed his own theory of relativism. With an IQ that soars over Einstein‘s, he taught himself  calculus, algebra, geometry and trigonometry in one week’s time.

Wouldn’t it be convenient, if all pregnant women carrying a fetus determined to be at high risk for autism, could peek into the womb and see if she’s carrying tomorrow’s autistic, yet highly functioning child prodigy genius?

Wouldn’t we all, for that matter?

But that’s not what Autism Awareness month is supposed to be about, says Todd Drezner, who filmed Loving Lampposts, a film about embracing the affectionate nature of autistic children- a film he was inspired to create after his own son was diagnosed with autism.

Loving Lampposts takes a holistic look at autism, acknowledging the trials faced by autistic individuals and their caretakers, but also shining a light on the many ways autistic children have touched lives through acceptance, bare-boned innocence and kindness of nature.

Truly embracing autism goes beyond tolerance (another term we could live without), it means being able to say to an autistic child or adult, “you are special because of your autism” and meaning it.

Learn more about autistic children at Autism Speaks.

If you liked this, you will also like 10 Great iPad Apps for Autistic Children and Autism, B12 and Your Child.


Huffington Post, Daily Mail, CBS News, Fox News, USA Today, Autism Speaks

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