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Autism and its spectrum

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The topic of autism has been in the news again this past week with reports that it is affecting more children now than in the past. Recent reports give alarming statistics that the diagnosis of autism is becoming more prevalent. An important point that the new reports have made this week is that the growing number of diagnoses is most likely due to the fact that we are becoming more educated about the huge variety of problems that are on the autism spectrum. Pediatricians are educating more parents with details on what to watch for in their young child's behavior. There is now a wealth of information for parents to access to educate themselves on the signs of autism.

April is an important month for parents with children who have been diagnosed with a piece of the autism spectrum. April has been designated as Autism Awareness Month to learn more about the variety of issues that come with autism. Many communities will sponsor workshops to educate parents and offer great activities that are designed for children who have been diagnosed with a piece of the autism puzzle.

Sarasota is fortunate to organizations that will sponsor activities for children with autism. Children with autism have great difficulty in participating in activities that are noisy or have special smells. The activities that are listed will be activities designed to lower the affects of noise, smells, and touch that children with autism have trouble with.

Check out the List for sensory activities in April and get ready for summer camp with a camp that is designed for children who have a diagnosis of a piece of the autistic puzzle.

Sensory friendly easter egg hunt
Sensory friendly easter egg hunt Getty Photos

Sensory friendly easter egg hunt

The organization Face Autism is sponsoring a sensory friendly Easter egg hunt at Ashton Elementary in Sarasota on April 5 from 11:45 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Participation in making spring and Easter crafts will be a part of the egg hunt.  A raffle with prizes will be offered, and children may also enjoy the playground after the egg hunt.  Ashton Elementary is located at 5110 Ashton Rd. in Sarasota.  Parents who wish to bring a child who has been diagnosed with a piece of the autism puzzle may call 941-813-3044 for more information about this fun egg hunt or log on at  

sensory friendly movie
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sensory friendly movie

The organization Face Autism will sponsor a sensory friendly movie for children with autism on April 12.  The movie will begin at 9:30 a.m. and is free of cost to parents with children with autism.  The movie will be shown at Burns Court Cinema.  Parents may call for information about the movie.  More information about sensory friendly activities can be accessed at 

Sensory friendly summer camp
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Sensory friendly summer camp

Looking for a summer camp for your child who has been diagnosed with a piece of the autism puzzle?  Beyond the Spectrum in Sarasota offers summer camp activities that are specifically designed for children with disorders.  There are both half-day and full-day camp schedules.  Parents may call 941-907-3443 for summer camp schedules.  Grades pre-k through 12 are welcome.