April is Autism Awareness Month! We wear something blue on April 2nd. Here’s what you need to know about Autism. Some or all of the following characteristics may be observed: communication problems, difficulty relating to people, objects and events, unusual play with toys and other objects, difficulty with changes in routine or familiar surroundings and repetitive body movements or behavior patterns.
Some people with Autism are non-speaking and others have language that often includes repeated phrases or conversations. Children with more advanced language skills tend to use a small range of topics and have difficulty with abstract concepts. Repetitive play skills, a limited range of interests, and impaired social skills are generally evident as well. Unusual responses to sensory information- for example, loud noises, lights, certain textures of food or fabrics- are also common. That is why noise cancelling headphones are always at Camp ASCCA!