Good Evening #AusomeCommunity,
This morning, I had the pleasure of returning to my childhood elementary school to educate the students in an Autism Awareness Month Assembly for grades 1 through 5. It was a beautiful privilege to have engaged with such brilliant students today, who asked thoughtful questions and gave creative commentary on all that we learned! I look forward to hearing about the #ausome things they will do in their futures to spread autism awareness, based on what they may have learned from me today. Here are some of the #ausome things we covered in today's presentation...
- We closed our eyes and imagined our typical morning routines. Then we closed our eyes again, imaging every sensory feeling 10 X more powerful than how it would normally be. We learned that this is how autism can sometimes feel.
- We watched this video to learn more about what autism is.
- Next, I talked about my brother #Giulio who has autism. The writer, filmmaker, and poet. I read them his poem, Autism. I taught them what I've learned about Giulio over the years, and how we are the best of friends.
- I talked about how Autism is often manifested in different ways. Some kids are non-verbal. Others talk a lot. Different people on the autism spectrum have different kinds of interesting quirks, and these are the things that make them #ausome.
- I talked about three ways Giulio had been bullied as a kid, and I opened it up for discussion: how might you have handled the situation differently?
- We talked about "Light it Up Blue" events. We talked about engagement. We learned how blue is the official color of Autism Awareness, how puzzle pieces are common symbols for autism.
- To close, we exclaimed, in unison:
WE ARE AUSOME. SO ARE YOU!
Kids always tell the truth.
Founder and Creator of Ausome