Sunday, March 31, 2013

Autism Awareness Linky Party

Some of my favorite Bloggy friends and I teamed up to bring awareness to Autism by hosting  an Autism Awareness Linky Party April 1 - 12th.  April 2nd  is also World Autism Day.  April is also Autism Month.  Together, we can do our part to bring awareness to the teaching community.  

Each of the fabulous Blogs you will be visiting feature an Autism-friendly freebie to use in your classroom. We are so excited to share these materials with you, and to also bring awareness to Autism.  

Autism Facts & Statistics - Did you know?
  • Definition of Autism: A developmental disorder that affects the brains normal development of social and communication skills.  Most children develop the disorder by time they are 3 years of age.
  • 1%  of the child population in the U.S. ages 3-17 have an Autism Spectrum disorder.
  • Now,  1 in 88 children will have autism. (1 in 54 boys)
  • Autism is the fastest growing developmetal disability in the U.S.
  • Boys are about 5 times as likely to have Autism than girls.
  • There is no detection or cure for Autism.
(Source information: Autism Speaks, CDC, Autism Society,  and Google.)

I have worked with children with Autism.  If I had one tip to share with those who create learning resources it is to keep it simple.  Even though we all LOVE and appreciate cute products,  when the printables become too "busy" it is harder for children with Autism to be able to focus on the images (That goes for a few other learning challenges as well).  You can still make cute products, but keep in mind how the items will be used and by the groups of children.

Many of the products you will find in this Blog hop are created specifically for this Hop or were adapted to fit the needs of Autistic children.  I hope that you will enjoy all of the items provided, and give a big thanks to the wonderful ladies who took the time to share their creative talents to participate in this event!  

Autism Sources

Autism Freebies

Click the cover to download from Google Docs

Click the cover to download from Google Docs

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

Autism Awareness Giveaway!

To add a little FUN to this link up, we have a fabulous GIVEAWAY package for one lucky winner! This is a gift pack valued at over $125.00 which includes the items listed below!

(The drawing will be held on April 12th in the afternoon.  You can check back here on the 12th, as I will have the winner name posted, as well as contacting via email. :)


Special thank yous:
To Karla for working so hard on the beautiful linky graphic, the wonderful bloggy friends who contributed to the giveaway:  Wendy, Martha, Samantha, Arlene, Merinda, Cyndie,Christi, Laureen, Mel,  Susan, Kathy, Cynthia, Lesley.  To Peggy Simpson who graciously donated a packet to the giveaway, and to Amber Fernbach who donated a copy of her book. Thank you to Margaret Bucklew For allowing me to use her puzzle piece graphic for the Giveaway.


  1. Thank you so so much for hostinh such a wonderful linky and for the great information in your post :)

  2. Thank you for putting all of this together. I love the variety of resources that have been put together!

  3. I have and currently am working with students on the autism spectrum. I love blogging because I can find resources and ideas from teachers across the US and even the world!! Thank you so much for not only creating goodies that teachers and parents can use but also getting the word out about autism. What it comes down to is that more and more as teachers, we will encounter children with autism in our classrooms so it is essential to be aware. If you happen to have any great ideas on how to help a kiddo on the spectrum with number sense I would love to hear them! I feel like I have tried everything but standing on my head.
    Great Linky and Post!
    The Phonics Phenomenon

  4. Thank you so much for setting up this linky and allowing me to join! I am new to the blog world and am hopping to get more followers. I went through your blog and found a MILLION things I can incorporate into my classroom. I am so excited to have come across your blog, you have a new and dedicated follower :)

    The Adventures of Room 83- Where Extra Special Teaching Takes Place

  5. I just found your blog on pinterest. This is amazing! What an awesome link up to have! I teach special education pre-school and work mostly with students with autism. I'd love if you'd check out my blog! :) I linked up to the linky with a product I made for lunch choices at school.

    Creating & Teaching

  6. Just found you through "The Smarty Pants." Love Love Love this linky! Wish I'd have seen it yesterday as I made an Autism post just yesterday, not knowing! I would love to link up, but it says collection is closed! Here's the link to my post: I also welcome you or anyone else to visit my blog and link up your sped blog on my "Special Education Blogs" page.

    The Bender Bunch

  7. I am SO glad that I just found your blog. I am wearing blue tomorrow in honor of autisim awareness. I have two friends this year and it has opened my eyes so much. I can't wait to share this with my special ed. buddy.
    I'm your newest follower!
    Kickin’ it in Kindergarten

  8. I worked with a wonderful little boy with Autism last year and found many many strategies that worked wonders for him! He is my favorite little one ever, and always will be (Shh-I know we're not supposed to have favorites!) :) Thanks for the resources.

    Primary Teacherhood

  9. I missed the linky closing, but I do have an autism freebie and my story of working with kids who have autism posted on my blog today! Come check it out!

    The Lower Elementary Cottage

  10. Thank you so much for the free resources and the information you have provided in your post. A very worthwhile link up!

    Wendy :)

  11. I have really enjoyed checking out your blog hop/linky! Thank you for hosting. I participated in my first blog hop last week for Autism Awareness also! Our giveaway ends tomorrow night, but since I hosted I couldn't enter it.. so my fingers are crossed for this one! :-)

    Heather Salsman
    Teaching Through Turbulence


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