I'm guest-posting again today, this time over at Joy's Autism Blog. Joy is a mom to four beautiful children, one of whom happens to be diagnosed with autism. When she asked me to write a post to help her recognize April as National Autism Awareness Month, I gladly agreed.
I was first introduced to autism spectrum disorders more then ten years ago in the form of a little boy with Asperger's Syndrome; he stole my heart and made me want to know so much more about the way he saw the world. Since that time, I've worked with countless families of children with autism. Their strength and dedication to their children never fail to amaze me.
The post I wrote for Joy's Autism Blog is about using pictures to help children with autism learn to use generative, creative language in the place of echolalia. You can find it here. Look for another post from me later this month about the early signs and symptoms of autism--information that is crucial for every parent of young children to have. Until then, enjoy poking around Joy's blog; she writes about her experiences as a mom, links up to other blogs and online resources about autism, and is just generally pretty darn cool.