Light It Up Blue For Autism!
Light It Up Blue for Autism!
As most of you know April is Autism Awareness Month, and on April 2nd was national light it up blue day for Autism. But why blue? According to Autism Speaks.com, the color blue was chosen because autism is 5x more likely in boys than in girls. The light it up blue campaign started in 2010. For years, iconic landmarks like Niagara Falls, Empire State Building, Willis Tower, and even the White House light up blue on April 2nd (World Autism Day) in order to raise awareness.
Autism Speaks is an organization that is dedicated to advancing research into causes and better treatments for autism spectrum disorders and related conditions both through direct funding and collaboration; increasing understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorders; and working toward solutions for the needs of individuals with autism and their families across the spectrum and lifespan through advocacy and support.
What kind of tools does Autism Speaks provide? If you go on their website they have tons of different tool kits. For example, they have one tool kit about toilet training tips for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This is a free tool kit that helps give you as a parent different tips and guidance for toilet training a child with autism. Autism Speaks also has tool kits for professionals. For example, there is a toolkit for dentists. This tool kit discusses ways to help reduce children’s anxiety levels and increase compliance. It provides general and specific information that may help dental professionals better serve the needs of children with ASD. Click here for all the toolkits offered by Autism Speaks https://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/tool-kits
For more information check out their website https://www.autismspeaks.org
-Matthew D’Antonio, DPT, PT
-Pediatric Physical Therapist