Here are facts I have gotten from you guys (Vania, Eve, and Wendi) and all over the web. I have changed some verbiage and added my two cents to some of the “facts of the day.” I tried to make them as kid friendly as I could – some of them are repeats to get the point across.
Autism fact of the day: Many are social! They like to have friends and play, just like you.
Autism fact of the day: You can’t tell that someone has autism by looking at them. Tons of kids with autism look “normal.”
Autism fact of the day: Everybody’s Brain Works Differently – Autism Brains are Like MACS.
Autism fact of the day: A day ago we said you can’t tell that someone has autism by looking at them. But, While you can’t tell that someone with autism has it just by looking at them, sometimes you’ll notice a kid that’s doing something different: spinning around for a long time, flapping their arms, jumping up and down a lot, or rocking back and forth. Those repetitive activities are called stims, and they’re doing it because it feels good, or it’s relaxing, or it’s fun, or as a way to block out too much noise around them
Autism fact of the day:Sometimes, kids with autism have trouble with facial expressions
Autism fact of the day: No one knows what causes autism. There are several theories.
Autism fact of the day: Children with an ASD may fail to respond to their names and often avoid eye contact with other people
Autism fact of the day: More boys have it than girls
Autism fact of the day: Autism greatly varies from person to person (no two people with autism are alike)
Autism fact of the day: There is no blood test, no scan, and no image that can detect autism.
Autism fact of the day: Some may have problems being friendly. Children with autism may not make eye contact. Reach out to them. Be nice. Say Hello.
Autism fact of the day: Some like to repeat words or phrases over and over – don’t make fun of them.
Autism fact of the day: Many have problems dealing with changes to their daily routines. Help them – tell them it’s okay.
Autism fact of the day: Some may have unusual reactions to the way things sound, smell, taste, look, or feel. For example, is there something you don’t like to eat because it taste funny? It is the same thing.
Autism fact of the day: They like rules. They like structure. So, if their is an unexpected fire alarm, they might get upset. Comfort them.
Autism fact of the day: Lots of adults have Autism too. One way kids get autism is from their parents. It can be genetic.
Autism fact of the day: these historic people may have had autism: Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, Thomas Jefferson, & Charles Darwin.
Autism fact of the day: Some traits people with Autism include intense focus and concentration, honesty, perfectionism, attention to details, organized, reliability.
Autism fact of the day: They are independent thinkers and not influenced by peers
Autism fact of the day: They are extremely knowledgeable about subjects of interest
Autism fact of the day: Autism is more common that childhood cancer, diabetes and AIDS combined.
Autism fact of the day: Children with autism do not have pain or other sensation filters; they feel everything more intently
Autism Fact of the day: High functioning children with autism can grow up to lead very normal lives; marry and have children of their own.
Autism Fact of the Day: Children, teens and adults with autism are very creative and find a passion and talent for music, theater, art, dance and singing quite easily.
Autism fact of the day: People with autism need understanding, love and acceptance, just like everyone else.
Autism fact of the day: Their senses are out of sync. Their hearing may be hyper acute. So if there is lots of noise going on all at once, their brain can’t filter all the input and they are in overload!
Autism fact of the day: Most people with Autism are very visual. They learn through pictures versus sight or sound.
Autism fact of the day: Boys are four times more likely to have autism than girls
Autism fact of the day: please never ever say these things to anyone with a different ability than you:
“So is that like being retarded?”
“You should be very proud of yourself. You seem so normal. I couldn’t tell that you’re Autistic.”
“Can you please not flap/rock/spin/jump in public? It’s embarrassing.”
Autism fact of the day: Temple Grandin, an very successful and RICH adult with Autism said, “If I could snap my fingers and be non autistic, I would not. Autism is part of what I am.”