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As you know, it’s Autism Awareness Month! This month-long concentration gives all of us repeated exposure to tremendous information about autism spectrum disorders. And, just like doing sit ups or bicep curls, this repetition flexes our ministry muscles so that we’re better able to meet the needs of all students.
Repetition is also great for kids with autism! Often, when a student on the spectrum visits a new place or experiences a change in routine, he or she experiences anxiety. This can set the child (and his teachers and classmates) up for failure…and his parents for isolation and disappointment. Offering an opportunity to practice new routines and experience unfamiliar settings can greatly increase the likelihood for success.
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Consider this: Philadelphia International Airport has recently created an “airline experience” for families affected by autism. Families come to the airport, check in, go through security and board their plane.
Dr. Wendy Ross, who designed the program, described the economic impact of difficult travel: “These families (affected by autism) are not going out, so for businesses, that’s a huge loss.” Dr. Ross also mentions that the goal of the program is to educate both airline officials and...
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