April is Autism Awareness Month
Groups That Help With Autism
Asperkids • A multimedia social education company founded by author/educator, and “Aspie,” Jennifer Cook O’Toole. Her site supports individuals and their families living with Asperger Syndrome and autism. Asperkids offers unique products and services that celebrate the individuality of all kids:
Bucket Full o’ Awesome - A standard size, clear paint bucket filled with tactile fidgets including squishes, squats, and blobs. $52
Congratulations! You are an Asperkid Kit - Each kit is customized according to your child’s age and gender. The aim is to help instill a sense of pride and encouragement in a population that oftentimes feels rejected, misplaced, and isolated. $75. • Go to asperkids.com
Local Parent meetings & workshops
Autism Society of the Mid-South (ASMS) Support Group Meeting. Baptist Rehab-Germantown. Meets last Thursday of the month from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Support Group Meetings feature a guest speaker sharing information on related topics. • Visit autismsocietymidsouth.org or call 271-5556.
Puzzled Parents Network of Collierville. Halle Room at Collierville Library. Meets Thursday, April 10th, at 6:30 p.m. to celebrate Autism Awareness Month with a Family Party. Welcomes families and caregivers of individuals with autism, PDD, ADHD, and other neurological disorders. • Go to puzzledparents.net or call Genia Lindow at 647-4566.
Autism Workshop for Parents - “Improve Your Communication.” University Center at University of Memphis. Saturday, April 26th, from 8:30 a.m.-noon. Free training offered by Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and UM faculty for families with autistic children ages 2-5. • RSVP at LebMemASDWorkshop@gmail.com or call 287-4771. For additional autism events, go to autismsocietymidsouth.org
Transformations Autism Treatment Center. 6761 Stage Road, Bartlett. Parents meet every second or fourth Saturday, from 11 a.m. to noon. Meetings include guest speaks, pot lucks, and art & crafts events. Child care provided for a $2 donation. transformingautism.com