April is Autism Awareness Month and here are a few links to resources with lesson plans and activities for Autism Awareness Month. 

Autism Awareness Bulletin Board Decorations (Free)  

Autism Awareness Bulletin Board Decorations Set 2 (Free)

Students Write Their Plans to Promote Autism Awareness

Autism New Jersey K-2 Lesson Plans

Autism New Jersey Grades 3-6  Lesson Plans

Autism Awareness Month Resources from FableVision Learning

Puzzle Design Digital Paper and Backgrounds

Autism Awareness Unit by the Autism Helper 

Angelfire Website

Good Friend Inc. Blogspot



It is true that people are still trying to figure out the complexities of individuals with autism and they still do not know what causes autism, but here are a few things we do know. Autism typically appears during the first three years of life. Even if a child is not diagnosed until later in life, when they look back, the symptoms were most likely there. Autism that affects the way an individual thinks and interprets the world around them.

Autism is more prevalent in boys than in girls.  It affects all races, ethnic groups, economic groups and social classes.

As the Autism Society of America once put it, "Autism interferes the areas of reasoning, social interaction and communication skills. Children and adults with autism typically have deficiencies in verbal and non-verbal communication, social interactions and leisure or play activities. The disorder makes it hard for them to communicate with others and relate to the outside world. They may exhibit repeated body movements (hand flapping, rocking), unusual responses to people or attachments to objects and resist any changes in routines. In some cases, aggressive and/or self-injurious behavior may be present." (Autism Society of America)

It is good to know about autism so that teachers and parents are informed, but it is also good to begin to develop skills to help bring the individual with autism to their highest potential.