April 2nd - The World Autism Awareness Day
"April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day, and every April is also Autism Care Month."
Since its establishment in August 2012, the Gifted People Service has served over 350 special children. Although these special children are not like other children, they are all very talented. It takes someone to discover these talents and give them special training to be great. Gifted People Service is committed to providing better services and help to more families with autism.
For Autism Care Month, Gifted People Services is teaming up with the Sophie Care Foundation to launch the Sophie Fund on World Autism Awareness Day, April 2. Each eligible family will have the opportunity to receive $300 in financial assistance for their child's treatment and ability to improve. The application period for the fund is from April 2 to April 30. Interested families can apply on the Sophie Care Foundation website or on the Gifted People Services website.
Buy One Donate One
This year, Gifted People Services is teaming up with the CanadaPasta to launch the "Buy One Donate One" fund-raising event in order to provide financial assistance to more families with Autism. When you purchase one serving of ONE NOODLE from April 8th to July 8th, there will be $1 donated towards kids with Autism in Gifted People Services. For order and pick up details, please visit the website: https://giftedpeople.ca/onenoodle
Effectively prevent exacerbation of children’s behavior problems
As coronavirus cases continue to soar, the Ontario government announce the stay-home order and they would again move from in-person learning to remote schooling. Under this circumstance, Those ASD children cannot get physically supported by their therapists and they cannot attend the outside interventions. But the handling young children with special needs such as autism spectrum condition (ASC) could be challenging for families and caregivers.
What can we do to avoid increasing parental stress and effectively prevent exacerbation of children’s behavior problems?
There are a few tips for helping parents.
Structure daily life activities
The home is the unique setting in which activities take place. It would be useful to subdivide the daily activities, assigning a different room for each one of them. This structure can be useful for children with ASD. This can be an activity to share with the entire family as a type of game. Using a blackboard, each member of the family can have his space to write the planned activities.
Implement and share special interests with parents.
There is a growing amount of evidence recognizing the potential benefits that special interests can bring. Trains, maps, animals, comic books, geography, electronics, and history can be just a few of potential special interests. In this period in which parents and children stay at home, they could plan some activities sharing these special interests.
Although currently, we cannot offer the face-to-face ABA program, our center will provide online courses for those kids who still want to have the training as usual. Because for kids who have already engaged in therapy, it is important for them to continue it to reduce the anxiety. Allowing therapists to check kids’ moods and behaviors and having the talk with ASD kids is essential.
Maintain contact with the center or school
Research supports the suggestion that the relationships which children form with their teachers and classmates have an impact on learning. It is very important to dedicate a time slot for the homework. This is a routine that has to be maintained. For both children and parents, it is strongly encouraged to maintain contact with a special teacher online or by phone. Our center is always willing to provide support to our families and kids.
These suggestions could represent a useful help for parents and kids to handle the severe situation caused by covid-19. Although currently changing routines could cause them suffering, we all must be unites and quickly establish new and functional routines to allow our kids to be safe and peaceful. As the center that always supports and cares about our ASD kids and families, we are also finding a way to be close to our parents and families.
Narzisi A. (2020). Handle the Autism Spectrum Condition During Coronavirus (COVID-19) Stay At Home period: Ten Tips for Helping Parents and Caregivers of Young Children. Brain sciences, 10(4), 207. https://doi.org/10.3390/brainsci10040207