Autism Awareness 2016

April is Autism Awareness Month. Check back often to see the latest stories, statistics, and ideas on how you can spread awareness and compassion in your own community! #SpringbrookStrong #RealAutism 

Early detection is key for leading a happy, healthy life. Look for these early signs of autism in your infant or toddler: unusual attachment to one toy or object, unresponsive to voices, sounds, or his/her name, poor eye contact, little to no smiling by 6 months of age, no babbling, pointing or meaningful gestures by 12 months, no one-word communication by 16 months of age, no two-word phases by 24 months. If you are concerned that your young child might have autism, contact Springbrook to begin early intervention services!

"At The Tom Golisano Center for Autism, we must create an environment that encourages our students to learn to the best of their abilities. In my classroom, we don’t have any pictures or posters on the walls because they can be distracting to our students. Also, the placement of each student’s desk must come into consideration when arranging the room. I have many students who enjoy looking out the window, but for many of my students, that can become a distraction during a work session. The more we keep our students on task, the more learning can occur." --Special Education Teacher at The Tom Golisano Center for Autism, James Leech

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