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Behind the Breakthroughs


Mar 27, 2019

April is Autism Awareness month and in this episode Dr. Annette Nunez and Maylene Johnson discuss the topic of autism awareness versus autism acceptance.  They talk about the ignorance surrounding the topic of autism and they share their personal experiences around this ignorance. They have been asked questions such as, "Is autism contagious?" or "Will my child start modeling weird behaviors?" These types of questions prompted both Annette and Maylene to start an iAccept Campaign in hopes of educating the general public about autism and shutting down the myths about how people perceive autism. 

 

There is a saying, "If you've met one person with autism, you have met one person with autism."  This quote is extremely accurate when describing what autism is.  Many people have a perception of what autism is and this perception often leads to exclusion.   This podcast addresses the issue of autism education, awareness, acceptance and what it means to be inclusive.  Being inclusive doesn't mean that you hang a poster on a wall and say that your school promotes inclusion.  Being inclusive means that you are education yourself about autism and actively finding ways for peers to include one another on the playground and within the classroom.  It is one thing to be aware, but another to accept and include.

MINDSHIFT (takeaways)

  1. Get involved!!! Teach and talk to your children about acceptance, empathy, compassion, and what it means to be inclusive.
  2. If you know a child with needs include them... invite them to a birthday party, play date, etc. An invite goes a long way.
  3. If your child has a classmate who is on the spectrum encourage your child to talk to them by saying, "Hi!" or asking them, "How are you?" Even if the child with autism doesn’t seem engaged or respond, they are taking everything in and just know it makes a difference and means the world to them.
  4. Autism awareness and acceptance just isn't in the month of April. Autism is ongoing so it is important to revisit the topic with your child monthly and talk about what it means to be inclusive.